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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 05:53 PM

6. this runs into the serious issue of what do we mean by "smarter"

I've thought a lot about intelligence (which may or may not be an intelligent thing to do) and it seems to me that what humans have, is an ability to hold models of things in our heads. We can imagine how a rock falling from our hands, while we're in a tree, onto a critter makes food. We can imagine how planting crops (also) makes food. We can imagine that being mean to a woman (if you are a dude) will decrease our chances or procreation. This is what other animals lack and why they haven't created cities and playstations.

Whether those animals have other skills is a completely different question. Does that make them smarter?

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