“If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence”—Will Cuppy
“We are intelligent, that is an assumption. We have defined circumstances, we've defined behaviour as exhibited by humans versus other animals. We have defined that to be intelligent but would some other species make the same assessment.” The opening words of Dr deGrasse in the above video. And it’s true.
I have always been fascinated by ‘alien life’, to the point where I believe it is logically unacceptable to discount their existence. If I have the ‘Do Alien’s Exist?’ conversation with anyone and they say ‘no’ they will receive a lengthy ear-bashing. Some may rightfully say that’s ‘my opinon and I am wrong’, but if you really think about there is no possible way we are the only planet sustaining life in our universe. According to scientists out of all the stars 10% have planets, meaning there are roughly 20 billion solar systems. Of course this is all guess work. We are not technologically advanced enough to count the number of stars let alone planets and some of the stars we see in the sky have already died.
But back to intelligence. There are people who dedicate their lives to communicating with ‘outer-space’. NASA being the big one. A group of highly intelligent beings seeking information about ‘the wonders of the universe.’ What I find slightly amusing and yet annoying is that they are more concerned about contacting a whole different life form when we can’t even communicate with our own. (As Dr G said).
We live amongst animals. In our homes, gardens, forests and oceans. Yet we have not had a (Again wise old Dr G said) meaningful conversation with any of them. Take my dog for example. I can order her to sit, come back and stop barking through words. However this is all one sided. Me giving orders. Not once has she even ‘spoken’ back. Another example is dolphins in captivity. They can understand hand signals and perform parlour tricks to entertain us as they are one of the most intelligent beings on this planet yet we, who deem our self the highest beings on earth, cannot understand them. At least there are some people attempting to,the Wild Dolphin Project are trying to decipher dolphin clicks in the hope that one day we will understand what they are saying. Fascinating stuff. and if it works that will be the end of The Taiji Cove Slaughter for sure.
We need to be grateful for our planet. Its an amazing hub of life and incredibly mysterious. Rather than thinking animals as stupid we should try and understand them.
"We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words" Anna Sewell,