“Since childhood, I firmly believe that animals are far smarter than we think. And that we human beings, as a species, are just being overly fussy. Scientific evidence proves that our world isn’t the epicenter of the solar system, but today it also demonstrates that we are not the only center of intellect.
But what are considered levels of intellect? How and who defines them? Do you think some creatures are way smarter than some folks?
During my experiences, I do believe so. Just because animals can’t speak or read, for instance, doesn’t automatically indicate that they can’t think or feel. When comparing one species of animals to another, or even to humans, we can observe various 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 nowadays 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 in order to survive. But other species might be way smarter than we are, think or believe.
Intelligence is Relative
Numerous animals have exceptional brains, but the majority of people purely misunderstand many of their abilities. It is widespread truth from the animal kingdom. In some cases, animals have greater rationale faculties than any human being. So, some of them are likely way smarter.
And some of their actions or behaviors cannot merely be considered instinct. When we look at various animals, we often cannot do what they do. Sometimes, the way they behave or what they do are very complicated, like a bat flying in the dark. These creatures can catch flying insects in midair directly with echolocation.
So, it doesn’t only takes instinct but a lot of brainpower to realize such accomplishment. Yet we don’t pay attention to these types of things because we think it is irrelevant. Most individuals don’t evaluate the abilities of animals, but rather compare them in term of intelligence. Provided that they can’t reason, talk, or read, then they must not be as bright as we are.
Outlining Who’s Way Smarter
Throughout the ages, the ruling classes, from faith to scholars, do replicate that same belief:”We, humans are incomparable because we’re the cleverest being in the animal kingdom.” They also pretend that animals have no feelings or soul. 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 made agriculture, farms, and domestication of animals. It then gained momentum with the beliefs of faith, which regarded humans as the principal species in production.
But does this 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 with an imperfect, flawed or broken version of your speech, your first impression is that they are not very wise. However, the truth is completely different.
When it comes to animals, they’re way smarter than what we tend to give them credit for. They are just 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, empathy, and compassion. When they care, you are able to witness that they really do; it is not simply a fake disguise like human beings do.
Of the animal kingdom, some of these beings adore humans unconditionally. When something happens to us, animals don’t put us down, push us aside or suddenly decide not to love us anymore. That attitude only shows that they are far smarter than we are.
No matter the circumstances, they are there at our side before the end, and too often, we take this for granted. Yet, some people have no trouble getting rid of an animal when it doesn’t fit their life or agenda anymore. And we’re supposed to be the most intelligent species on this planet; think again!
The Intelligence of Animals
Each day, our pets communicate with us through their needs and make us do things they need. The animal world is considerably more complicated than we seem to think or think. My father is a racehorse trainer, so I grew around horses and lived for several years in an apartment above a racehorse stable. Cats and dogs were also an integral part of my life like with any typical equine barn.
From the 60’s, there were no smartphones or sophisticated cameras to create videos in seconds. But all of my life, I witnessed behaviors, intelligence and memory tricks from animals. The following story is a perfect example of it.
One day, my dad bought a racehorse named”Murdoch” from a different city, twenty miles away. While galloping, a tractor made an enormous noise which scared the creature, and its rider fell off. The horse, then alone, dashed across the track and jumped over the barrier disappearing into the woods.
A Story of Being Way Smarter
I rode along, at my father’s side, to search for the horse. We searched everywhere but to no avail. A few hours later, on our return to the barn, the prior owner called. In amazement, she told my dad that the animal was at her ranch.
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 just the horse did so, but due to cameras around the ranch, we could see how he did enter the horse farm.
When arriving at the front entry, the animal saw it was closed. So it went around the back, pushed the small gate and climbed the steps standing in its way. Then found an open booth, entered it and waited there, realizing that it was the only home he knew.
Animals are amazing and deserve just as much respect as people for their memory, intelligence, tenacity and unconditional love.
Horses, dogs, and cats, one of many species that spend time around people, can recognize body language signals that you or I don’t pay attention to.
Primates such as chimpanzees can easily beat people at remembering a series of numbers that they watched for a fraction of a second.
Octopuses learn how to open childproof caps on drug bottles, which a lot of us cannot unlock.
Birds figure out and understand the complex mechanisms of flying and landing.
Crows, pictured in horror films for stupid reasons, aren’t just among the most intelligent birds, but they are way smarter than most creatures. They can accomplish tasks that three and four-year-old children have trouble doing.
Animals Have Feelings
It even includes imagination and the expectation of potential future events so that they can resolve problems.
Again, I witnessed some 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 street.
Furthermore, it’s now evident that elephants grieve. It was not a small 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
One day, she opened the door, and the cat flew by her, running away into the fields. Ten days later, believing that she dropped the animal forever, it showed up on the hospital floor. The animal had lost a lot of weight and appeared to endure a minor injury, but he was alive. He’d 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 intelligence to other species of the world. But animals are far smarter than we think.