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#1 Old 01-03-2011, 05:00 AM
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http://www.cracked.com/article_18930...p-you-out.html

(I excluded the mold, because... well, come on.)

I think it's an interesting piece. It's from a humor site so it's a nice short read.

It's just sad that we notice animals' intelligence in contexts of captivity or exploitation.

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re mold.

is there really anyway that we can be sure that something the size of an atom couldn't be as intelligent as all the people in the world put together?

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proton people?

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...a person's a person no matter how small.

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It's so wrong to compare all intelligence to human intelligence, or whatever holds the most control over others.
Typical American would die in the rainforest, while the indigenous people can navigate, find appropiate foods, and create medicines.
Animals can perform feats that would be considered super-powers if humans had them. Sonar, echo location, smell, sight, feeling...
I used to think of god as a being that was the totallity of all life.

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One day, as Dr. Irene was closing up the lab, Alex said goodbye by telling her to "be good." Irene replied by saying "I love you," to which Alex answered, "I love you too." He then asked: "You'll be in tomorrow?" Irene assured him that, yes, he'd see her tomorrow.
The next morning, Alex was dead.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_18930...#ixzz19zqmx76V

That part was really sad.

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That part was really sad.

I agree.

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I had actually heard about that parrot before, and saw him on a TV show once.. He was extremely smart, even by parrot standards. He was doing simple math problems on TV. There are geniuses in every species. It sounds like some of the others are probably prodigies for their species, as well. But they're still good representatives for showing that many animals are "smarter" than most humans think.

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I have always been fascinated by Alex the Grey Parrot. I've seen several specials on him, and read several articles on him. In one of the specials, he was presented with a new fruit (I forgot what) and he created his own name for it, banapple, by combining the names of his two favorite treats.

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(I excluded the mold, because... well, come on.)

I'm glad you excluded mold because, frankly, yeast is much smarter.

It's the only life form on earth that has perfected alchemy. That's right, alchemy.

For example, they can turn sugar into alcohol. Do you know any human who can do that?..

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African Greys are particularly smart, even compared to other parrots, though Alex was probably smart even for an African Grey. My best friend's parents have one, and he learned their names from listening to them talk to each other. Whenever he wants something from one of them, he calls them by their first names.

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I'm glad you excluded mold because, frankly, yeast is much smarter.

It's the only life form on earth that has perfected alchemy. That's right, alchemy.

For example, they can turn sugar into alcohol. Do you know any human who can do that?..

Actually, technically molds and yeasts aren't animals at all. They belong to the kingdom fungi.

/science

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African Greys are particularly smart, even compared to other parrots, though Alex was probably smart even for an African Grey. My best friend's parents have one, and he learned their names from listening to them talk to each other. Whenever he wants something from one of them, he calls them by their first names.

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That is really interesting!

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Actually, technically molds and yeasts aren't animals at all. They belong to the kingdom fungi.

/science



And animals perform the act of converting sugar to adenosine triphosphate! We're all just great.

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And animals perform the act of converting sugar to adenosine triphosphate! We're all just great.

Ugh, ATP *has flashbacks to memorizing cellular respiration*

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I thought slime molds were not classified as fungi.

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Actually, technically molds and yeasts aren't animals at all. They belong to the kingdom fungi.

/science

Well it was a joke...

But anyway I said "life form", not animal.

Besides, if you go back far enough in time, animals and fungi had a common ancestor.

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I thought slime molds were not classified as fungi.

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Physarum polycephalum belongs to the supergroup Amoebozoa, phylum Mycetozoa, and class Myxogastria.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physaru...m#Maze-solving

So its a protist, and it actually belongs in the animal kingdom in the old system, but I think in the new revised system they added a kingdom just for protestants like our slime mold, Protista.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protista

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Wiki says

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physaru...m#Maze-solving

So its a protist, and it actually belongs in the animal kingdom in the old system, but I think in the new revised system they added a kingdom just for protestants like our slime mold, Protista.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protista

Yeah, I ended up reading a bit about that after I posted, I'm not really up to date with the current taxonomic classifications and I tend to glaze over after reading too much about classification schemes. Although I've found slime molds to be fascinating, but maybe that's how they're presented.

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Yeah, I ended up reading a bit about that after I posted, I'm not really up to date with the current taxonomic classifications and I tend to glaze over after reading too much about classification schemes. Although I've found slime molds to be fascinating, but maybe that's how they're presented.

Me neither. Apparently there is something higher than a kingdom now called a domain? What that's all about, I don't know. Though there are three of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_%28biology%29

Archaea (no membrane enclosed organnelles at all), Bacteria (membrane enclosed organelles like Mitcohondria, but no nucleus), and Eukaryota (nucleus). I'm not sure whether that distinction between Archaea and Bacteria is correct, however.

Classification, ultimately, is boring. Like learning history dates when such and such a thing happened. Somebody's got to do it, and sucks to them.

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Biologists just like to put things in boxes because it makes it easier for them. The tough part is, nature doesn't really occur in boxes.

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I'm glad you excluded mold because, frankly, yeast is much smarter.

It's the only life form on earth that has perfected alchemy. That's right, alchemy.

For example, they can turn sugar into alcohol. Do you know any human who can do that?..

It is amazing how they can do that.

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animals be trippin yo

i hear in my mind all of these voices
i hear in my mind all of these words
i hear in my mind all of this music
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Awww... the bit about about Michael and Apple was really sad.


But yeah, awesome article.

I must say though my favourite bit had to be:
"It's like calling squirrels "land sharks"."
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Awww... the bit about about Michael and Apple was really sad.

That was my favorite part. So adorable.

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That was my favorite part. So adorable.

Me too, it was so sweet and sad. Reminiscent of Koko and All Ball.

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I read an article on Alex years ago.

Made me cry for days straight.

Oh, and don't exclude "the mold" because one, slime molds are smarter than most of my family members and two, they are protists. Not mold.

I have always dreamed of having a pet slime mold and once I did, but he was in his spore stage and died soon.

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great article...loved all the stories.

biggest lol moment was this from the Rio the Logical Sea Lion story:
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Humans are logical animals, despite YouTube's comments section best efforts to prove otherwise.

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(I excluded the mold, because... well, come on.)


Dr. Egon Spengler disagrees!

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