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Animals Are Smarter Than We Thought

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Many animals exhibit smart behaviors. But do any of them show what humans would call "intelligence?" Some recently reported lines of research cautiously suggest that the answer is "yes."


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Eric Gilmartin (361)
Saturday March 31, 2007, 8:24 am
No surprise, really...anyone can tell you that it takes a dumb creature to smoke cigarettes, for example. *smile*

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Saturday March 31, 2007, 8:25 am
By which I mean, animals are obviously in possession of certain reasoning skills we may be slow to develop ourselves. *grin* I know my dog, for instance, is quite right and often shows me things I didn't put together for myself. Tool usage amongst certain birds, too, adds to this notion.

Dorothy M (11)
Saturday March 31, 2007, 4:54 pm
Very True! Chimps are so like us in more ways than one, good and bad...

M. Y (54)
Saturday March 31, 2007, 10:04 pm
There's an interesting, thought-provoking book on this subject of intelligence in animals (and plants!), called "Intelligence in Nature," by Jeremy Narby.

Charles Q (20)
Sunday April 1, 2007, 12:35 am
Righto Eric,

I find it hilarious whenever animal researchers discover that animals show signs of intelligence...

What's even funnier is that no two humans can agree on a definition of intelligence; why should humans be the only species assumed to be endowed with a form of intelligence?

Er uh maybe it's gasp because we have the capacity for destroying all life forms with our "advanced" weaponry, i.e., nuclear, cobalt, hydrogen, et al. bombs, laser guided systems, biowarfare agents, etc.

Isn't it strange that smug bipedal creatures-who haven't yet reached an evolutionary stage of telepathic ability (which animals can easily do), assume that they're the only creatures endowed with any degree of intelligence?

IE Ries (237)
Sunday April 1, 2007, 7:42 am
No surprise here, either. It's taken SOOOO long for the "human intelligensia" to finally admit that homo sapiens are not the sole holders of...[gulp!]....INTELLIGENCE. Imagine that!


Suze O (0)
Sunday April 1, 2007, 1:59 pm
This is no surprise. They are obviously more intelligent than humans, although they do not use their intellect to plunder and destroy the earth and all upon it. Perhaps the human being could learn some respect from animals instead of exploiting their intelligence.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 1, 2007, 5:50 pm

fyi ... this is snowballing like crazy; i wonder how many more reports will come out over the next few weeks. i also read somewhere today about there being too much Vitamin D in petfoods which causes acute kidney failure.

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To: actionvolunteers for animals
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 7:26 PM
Subject: Fwd: Iams diet food has unapproved substance. Warning issued by FDA.

Thanks Suneeti for the information. I am xposting.

S S wrote:
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 14:53:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: S S
Subject: Iams diet food has unapproved substance. Warning issued by FDA.
To: Action Volunteers

FDA finds unapproved chemical in diet pet food
Agency sent a warning letter to Iams Co., but did not
ask for recall

The FDA warned Iams Co. about an unapproved substance
found in some of the company's diet pet foods marketed
under the Eukanuba brand.

Updated: 7:33 p.m. ET March 29, 2007

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said
Thursday it has issued a warning letter to Iams Co.
that says some of its diet pet foods contain an
unapproved substance.

Eukanuba Veterinary Diets Optimum Weight
Control/Canine dry, Optimum Weight Control/Feline dry,
Restricted-Calorie/Canine dry and canned, and
Restricted-Calorie/Feline dry and canned contain
chromium tripicolinate, which is not an approved food
supplement, the FDA said.

The warning follows a recall of nearly 100 brands of
pet food made by Menu Foods after animals suffered
kidney failure. That recall included some Iams
products made under contract by Menu Foods.

New York state’s food laboratory last week identified
aminopterin as the likely culprit in that recall,
which involved “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat

The new warning letter urged Iams to remove chromium
tripicolinate from the products but did not ask for a

Chemical approved for pigs
In 1996, the FDA said it would not block the use of
low levels of chromium tripicolinate as a source of
supplemental chromium in diets for pigs. But that did
not apply to other animal food. Chromium can affect
the metabolism of glucose in animals.

Iams requested that that decision concerning swine be
extended to its products for overweight pets, but FDA
said it denied the request. It said a 2006 letter from
Iams did not contain sufficient information to address
safety concerns.

Iams will remove the ingredient from its Veterinary
Diets cat and dog food, spokesman Kurt Iverson said.
The products are sold by prescription only for
overweight pets. They have used chromium tripicolinate
as a metabolism enhancer, Iverson said.

The letter is part of an “ongoing dialog” with the
FDA, Iverson said.

The FDA considers chromium tripicolinate to be
genotoxic, meaning it can damage DNA and cause
mutations and tumors.

The letter was dated Jan. 8 and posted on the FDA’s
Web site Thursday.


Ishel Bianco (9)
Monday April 2, 2007, 2:39 am
Animals know things we do not, I agree. It is only vanity that makes us think that we are the top of the world, our brain has not done much great for us because is mostly improperly used. While we try to make art we can only paritally imitate the beauty of nature and even with science we penetrate few of the secrets that animals know, practice and honor.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 2, 2007, 5:33 am
Have you ever heard of an animal commiting a federal crime?

Worth pondering!

AND HER ANIMALS................

Roger W (89)
Monday April 2, 2007, 10:00 am
Perceptive scientists who recognized animal intelligence, just like any people who deal with animals on a regualr basis and recognize intelligent behavior, have fought an uphill battle for many decades against the established views of, first, Descartes and second, the Skinnerian behaviorists. The latter had significant influence which is waning now. Humans do some things that animals can't, but many anaimls do many different things that we can't, and we may have no clue, for example, about how intelligent the great whales are. Generally, we underestimate both the intelligence and emotional depth of animals. It may be that the only thing besides destructive uses of technology that distinguishes human intelligence, is trying to establish borders which seperate us from the rest of Nature. Why do humans wish do do this? I am comforted by, and pleased to know, that I am surrounded by my animal cousins.

Monday April 2, 2007, 10:17 am

Susan Torres (59)
Tuesday April 3, 2007, 8:30 am
Anyone who spends time with animals can tell you that they are highly intelligent creatures. Not only are they smarter than most humans they are also much kinder and empathetic.

Krista Gallagher (13)
Tuesday April 3, 2007, 1:21 pm
agreed agreed

Marie S (2)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 1:59 pm
In many cases, animals are more intelligent, then we will ever be! That´s no news to me and I´m not that intelligent! :-)

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 9:56 am
Of course they are+smarter than half our population 4 sure. Thanks
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