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On Intelligence in Mammals

Fresco of Dolphins, ca. 1600 BC, from Knossos,...

Fresco of Dolphins, ca. 1600 BC, from Knossos, Crete. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much…the wheel, New York, wars and so on…while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man…for precisely the same reason.”             Douglas Adams (British comic Writer, 1952-2001)

Just think: No human has ever learned what a dolphin really thinks about itself and dolphin-kind as compared to humanity.  Someday humans and dolphins may bridge that gap, but for now, things seem pretty much o.k. the way they are.  It’s even possible that the dolphins may solve the problem before we do!