Scientific evidence proves that our world is not the epicenter of the solar system, but today it also shows that we are not the only center of intellect.
But what are considered degrees of intellect? How and who defines them? Do you believe that some animals are far smarter than some folks?
Throughout my experiences, I think so. Just because animals cannot speak or read, for instance, doesn’t automatically indicate that they cannot think or feel. When comparing one species of animals to another, or even to people, we can observe different degrees of intelligence.
So, we are deceiving ourselves into thinking that, for thousands of years we are more intelligent than the rest of the animal kingdom. And that, despite growing evidence these days to the opposite. Of course, I don’t deny that we, human animals, are smart when it comes to doing what has to be done to survive. But other species might be way smarter than we are, think or believe.
Intelligence is Relative
Numerous animals have exceptional brains, but most people purely misunderstand lots of their abilities. It’s widespread truth from the animal kingdom. Sometimes, animals possess greater reasoning faculties than any human being. So, a number of them are probably way smarter.
And some of their actions or behaviors cannot only be considered instinct. When we look at different animals, we often cannot do what they do. Sometimes, the way they behave or the things they do are very complex, like a bat flying in the dark. These creatures can catch flying insects in midair directly with echolocation.
So, it doesn’t merely takes instinct but a good deal of brainpower to realize such feat. Yet we don’t pay attention to these kinds of things because we think it is irrelevant. Most people don’t evaluate the abilities of animals, but rather compare them in term of intellect. Provided that they cannot reason, talk, or see, then they shouldn’t be as bright as we are.
Outlining Who is Way Smarter
Throughout the ages, the ruling classes, from faith to scholars, do repeat that same belief: “We, people are incomparable because we’re the cleverest being in the animal kingdom.” They also pretend that animals have no soul or feelings. However, science and life show us that animals do have feelings, a soul, and reasoning faculties which makes them way smarter than we think.
So, this belief of believing that we’re superior in intelligence goes back a few ten thousand years ago. It started when man created agriculture, farms, and domestication of animals. It then gained momentum with the beliefs of faith, which regarded humans as the principal species in creation.
But does it mean that our intellect is at a higher level? Of course not; they’re just of different types. When a foreigner tries to speak with you using an imperfect, flawed or broken version of your speech, your first impression is that they are not very wise. But the truth is entirely different.
When it comes to animals, they are way smarter than that which we tend to give them credit for. They are merely smart on their own terms, which often look nothing like yours or mine. I think we can learn plenty of things from them such as love, compassion, and compassion. So when they care, you are able to witness that they genuinely do; it isn’t just a fake disguise like human beings do.
Of the animal kingdom, some of those beings adore humans unconditionally. However, a great deal of people still abuse and mistreat such affection. When something happens to us, animals do not put us down, push us suddenly decide not to love us anymore. That attitude only shows that they are way smarter than we are.
No matter the conditions, they are there at our side before the end, and too often, we take this for granted. Yet, some people have no problem getting rid of an animal when it does not fit their life or agenda anymore.
The Intelligence of Animals
Each day, our pets communicate with us through their demands and make us do things they desire. The animal world is much more complicated than we seem to believe or think. My dad is a racehorse trainer, so I climbed around horses and lived for several years in an apartment over a racehorse stable. Cats and dogs were also an integral part of my life like with any standard equine barn.
From the 60’s, there were not any smartphones or complex cameras to make videos in seconds. But all my life, I witnessed behaviors, memory and intelligence tricks from animals. The following story is a perfect example of it.
One day, my father bought a racehorse named “Murdoch” from another town, twenty miles off. After a couple of days, he took the horse to the track to train him. While galloping, a tractor created an enormous noise that terrified the animal, and its rider fell off. The horse, then independently, dashed throughout the track and jumped over the barrier disappearing into the woods.
It was time to get in the car. I rode along, at my father’s side, to search for the horse. A few hours later, on our return to the barn, the former owner called. In amazement, she told my father that the animal was at her ranch.
So, it meant that the horse galloped over streets and through woods to get back to his previous barn without a single scratch. He figured how to do twenty miles of unknown territory and return where he came from. Not only the horse did so, but because of cameras around the ranch, we were able to see how he did enter the horse farm.
When arriving at the front entrance, the creature saw it was closed. Then found an open stall, entered it and waited there, realizing that it had been the only home he knew.
Animals are amazing and deserve as much respect as people for their memory, intellect, tenacity and unconditional love.
Horses, dogs, and cats, among many species that spend time around people, can recognize body language signals that you or I do not pay attention to.
Octopuses learn to open childproof caps on drug bottles, which many people cannot unlock.
Bats do map out space with echolocation and sonar.
Birds figure out and understand the complex mechanisms of flying and landing.
Crows, pictured in horror films for stupid reasons, are not simply among the most intelligent birds, but they are way smarter than most creatures. They can accomplish tasks that three and four-year-old kids have trouble doing.
Animals Have Feelings
It includes imagination and the anticipation of potential future events so they can resolve problems.
Again, I witnessed a few crows learning how to use cars for cracking nuts. They wait patiently at intersections while keeping watch on the traffic lights. So, once the traffic stops they regain a nut that vehicles crushed, which they have put earlier on the road.
Furthermore, it’s now evident that elephants grieve. Most mammals feel joy, love, and sadness or distress. It was not a little kitten but a full grown cat. The cat was now living with her countryside home fifteen miles away in the hospital, and he looked unhappy.
Give Animals Credit
Ten days later, believing that she lost the animal forever, it showed up on the hospital ground. The animal had lost a lot of weight and appeared to suffer a minor injury, but he was alive. He had found his way home through areas and against unbelievable obstacles.
So, human beings have to stop this obsession of comparing animals to human aptitude. We pick things that we’re good at, like language or technology. And we then associate it with intellect to other species of our planet. But animals are way smarter than we think.