We know something’s changed when scientists need to make these points. Maybe underestimating the significance of human intelligence plays a role. After all, if we are just clever apes, maybe lettuce is just-as-clever apes too. Maybe salad is murder…
People anxious to cram all animal behavior into a Darwinian mold neglect the fact that temperaments among animals differ greatly. If we observe animal behavior long enough, we will surely see many departures from what is supposed to happen according to the theory. The animal does not actually know the theory; she does what occurs to her at the time and her temperament is bound to play a role.
When everything is the same except the one thing that matters most, we can be sure we are onto a real difference.
Many researchers think that apes are just like us and that
we’re not doing the right things to make them start behaving that way…
One difficulty is that just how a life form comes to evolve “intelligence” is a difficult question. Being intelligent ourselves, we can easily see the advantages of intelligence. But that does not tell us how exactly it is acquired.
Pop science media tried to spin this as an “evolution” story, which is ridiculous.
Do viruses think? Not in the human sense. As with plants, these communications are signals, not abstractions. But the signals raise an important question: If viruses seek to remain in an organized state, why are they not “alive”? If they are not “alive,” what are they?
One of the notorious talking points used by inveterate objectors to design theory, is that it is about stealth creationism. Closely tied, is the suggestion (or, assumption) that the claim that design inference on empirical sign only warrants inference to design as process is a dishonest stalking horse. Given a long saddening track record of Read More…
If this trait turns out to be widespread, it may help explain some puzzling aspects of animal behavior: specifically, how animals that are definitely not able to learn much individually appear to know things.
William Lane Craig takes it on, against an atheist who sees no difference
Could Shallit be replaced by even the most talented and methodical of counting ravens?
A light-hearted look by neurosurgeon Michael Egnor at what would happen if we really thought that unreason is better than reason.
One of the challenges of our day is the commonplace reduction of intelligent, insightful action to computation on a substrate. That’s not just Sci Fi, it is a challenge in the academy and on the street — especially as AI grabs more and more headlines. A good stimulus for thought is John Searle as he Read More…
Could legacy science media actually afford to get it right? Could they afford a serious discussion?
This summer, AI will be put through virtual mazes designed to test the intelligence of lab animals.