2011-12-17

Intelligence Beyond Ourselves


Today's Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio One included an item that discussed the intelligence of dolphins that drew me to offer the following comment:

Your interview today with Diana Reiss about the intelligence of dolphins proved fascinating.  Her mention of comparison between dolphins and chimpanzees suggests another whole show.  Could you consider putting together a Quirks and Quarks show that compares, contrasts, and synthesizes our understanding of the intelligence of all the known animals that show sophisticated intellectual functioning, including deliberate tool use, deliberate environment manipulation, advance planning, possible language, and possible self awareness: great apes, corvids, whales and dolphins, parrots, octopi, beavers, and otters.