Thursday, December 06, 2007

Humbling, but also enhancing

Observing that other species can outperform us on tasks that we assume we excel at is a bit humbling. Rather than taking such findings as a rare example or a fluke, we should incorporate this knowledge into a mindset that acknowledges that chimpanzees, and probably other species, share aspects of what we think of as uniquely human intelligence.
-- Jill Pruetz of Iowa State University, Ames quoted in Chimps outperform students in a memory game.

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