Long essay on Animal Minds
I don't visit this board often, but I came across this and thought you guys might enjoy.
Thanks for the read OP, that was awesome.
I wonder if any similar studying has been done on insects, because the only ones I ever hear much about as far as intelligence or language goes is ants and bees.
Also curious about reptiles.
>In a famous experiment, Hal Markowitz, later director of the San Francisco zoo, trained Diana monkeys to get food by putting a token in a slot. When the oldest female could not get the hang of it, a younger unrelated male put her tokens in the slot for her and stood back to let her eat.
>As long ago as 1959, Russell Church of Brown University set up a test which allowed laboratory rats in half of a cage to get food by pressing a lever. The lever also delivered an electric shock to rats in the other half of the cage. When the first group realized that, they stopped pressing the lever, depriving themselves of food
I don't understand why rats are so smart. Are there any other rodents as smart as them?