In this video from National Geographic you’ll see a fascinating experiment comparing problem solving by chimps and human children. They’re each presented with a black box in which they do various manipulations on the top before they get their peanut reward from a hole below. Next they are presented with a see-through box where it is obvious that the top manipulations meant nothing; the reward is immediately available through its hole.
Most of the children proceed to go through the top manipulations again the way they had been shown before they go for the reward.
Most of the chimps skip the nonsense and go straight for the peanuts.
Who’s smarter? You decide.
OK, so that was a contest between a chimp and a small boy. But what about you personally?
Go to page 3 for your test to see if you are smarter than a chimp.
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