I think that if within a few weeks of being captured, a dolphin can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish they might be smarter than us! What'cha think? : Qwark PS ooopps! I meant are they smarter "THAN" humans. I'm not perfect! Jeez! :-)
Sally: I've NEVER!!! intimated that we humans are "humane" i.e. "Characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion." Dolphins just do what they do and are very sociable...I don't think "humaneness" is considered by them. They're just too busy trying to save themselves from "US!" : Qwark
I think that most animals are more intelligient than human beings, Particularly the ones that don't kill each other. Dolphins and Elephants are more peaceful than humans and retain strong family Values. There is a lot than humans can learn from OTHER animals.
Note that I refer to us as animals, just like them; one of the Most laughable thing about humans is their tendancy to distinguish Between themselves and 'animals'. Dolphins are great.
Seriously, it's hard to tell. Dolphins operate with two major handicaps; no hands and no fire. Most of what we use as proof of our superior intelligence is based on the use of these two things - without either one where would we be? As well off as dolphins?
Perhaps dolphins require superior intelligence just to be where they are with those handicaps!
Dolphins have no handicaps. That we might think they do could show us how uninformed we are about the great diversity of life around us. Think about cockroaches and spiders who have been here for millions of years as opposed to our mere tens of thousands, if that much.
As far as developing a civilization as we know it dolphins have a tremendous handicap as noted. It would take very advanced chemistry to accomplish the environment manipulation that we have done without fire. The lack of hands hurts, but mouths could overcome much of that.
That cockroaches have survived longer means little - they merely started earlier. Plus of course, survival is no indication of intelligence.
I might point out that the earth and even the sun is little more. Even our galaxy is insignificant in terms of the universal time line.
On the other hand it is possible that mankind will spread to other galaxies and far outlast our solar system or even the galaxy. Personally I would find it unlikely that we will make it another 1000 years, but it is possible.
Have read that cats, dolphins, ants are. I recall doing a school project on bees and was fasinated with how bees communicate with each other.Are humans really more intelligent etc than other animals, or do they...