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Man's Best Dumb Friend?

  1. Jan 27, 2005 #1
    Dogs in society are not only used as companion animals, but as working animals...helping the blind/disabled, searching for injured/dead, drug sniffing, etc. I've always thought dogs were very intelligent, but after reading the following article it makes me wonder.

    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1106349010470
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2005 #2

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    Intelligent compared to what?
    Does failing that test make them any less intelligent? (perhaps compared to a human, but how about compared to the rest of the animal kingdom?)
    How often does finding food-on-a-string-in-a-box come up in their evolutionary history?

    In some cases, could "learning" be more intelligent than "insight"? (e.g., if insight=instinct)
     
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