As you know, the presence of a person's intellect once enabled us to do something that no other living thing on the planet was capable of: we learned to make fire, developed medicine and thereby increased our life expectancy, flew to the moon and now prepare we and fly to Mars. It is the presence of intelligence that has enabled people to dominate the little blue dot in a wide space. But is man really the smartest being on the planet? Let's speculate about it together.
Which creature on the planet is the smartest?
Many of you understand that the concept of mind and wisdom does not mean the level of your IQ. Tests can help clarify many mental skills that are somehow related to academic knowledge, but even those with high test scores cannot easily determine their social sensitivity, practical meaning, and wisdom. Rosalyn Arden, an intelligence researcher at the London School of Economics, believes that not a single IQ test reflects the complexity of what it means to be intelligent. A person's intelligence is a much broader and deeper ability to understand our environment. This includes understanding the experience gained and changing the person's behavior accordingly.
The researcher believes that it is not only humans who have such an important characteristic, because without their presence no living being on the planet would be able to adapt to the realities in which it exists. While the octopus can solve puzzles, the antelope can evaluate and identify the most nutritious herbs – all of which can also be seen as an intellectual trait of living organisms.
Despite the fact that the human brain is quite large relative to the body, most human habits are somehow related to our natural survival instinct. According to the newscientist.com portal, absolutely all people on earth are limited by their evolutionary history, size and needs, which is very similar to other representatives of the animal world. At the same time, human intelligence was able to change and acquire the ability to abstract thought and planning, language and general insight. Perhaps it is these properties that can distinguish us from the other inhabitants of planet Earth?
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As scientists at the University of Australia in Adelaide found, the ability to speak far from it determines a person's intelligence. The fact is that some wildlife representatives may communicate with each other and build complex social bonds and relationships. A clear example of the existence of this ability are dolphins, in which self-knowledge and language have been discovered for a long time with the help of whistles and clicks. Other representatives of the "intellectuals" of the animal world are pigs, who are able to learn and develop thought processes. Chimpanzees are able to create complex everyday tools and can also communicate non-verbally. Elephants can empathize and sheep can respond to emotions. So what can distinguish a person in terms of mental development? Let's try to discuss this topic together in our official telegram chat.