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Humans May Not Be The Most Intelligent Creatures on the Planet

We human beings, often pride ourselves as the most intelligent creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth. But this is not true, as science has proved that animals have far superior cognitive faculties to humans.

You must be thinking how this can be. Animals can’t communicate or think like us, so they are not a match for our intelligence! While there’s no doubt that humans are smart, it’s impossible to simply crown ourselves at the most intelligent species when there’s still so much that we don’t know about our brains.

Sea Shepherd CEO and founder Paul Watson makes a pretty compelling case about this. He argues that the observation, documentation of cetologists has led to evidence that there’s a profound intelligence dwelling in the oceans, which is ahead of our evolution as intelligent beings by millions of years.

Some of you may not know this, but octopuses are actually some of the most intelligent creatures on Earth, which have a separate ‘brain’ in each of their individual tentacles. This brain is responsible for control of the colors, movements, and reaction around the environment. Aside from that, they have the ability to show emotions as well and react more intuitively to human interactions than how we react to each other.

With a 35-year experience of studying the behavior and intelligence of ocean-dwellers, Captain Paul Watson is simply amazed by the breadth and depth of their aptitude. According to his article The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence we should question what we believe, and stop looking ourselves as holders of superior intellect on this planet. Furthermore, he says that our concept of intelligence might be anthropocentric and lacking in breadth.

We are so confined to this square that science has built us that we may have strayed from the way things could be. If we stop to evaluate ourselves through the way in which we belittle other creatures, we will find that we have committed atrocities which we could have avoided.

Rupert Sheldrake with his TED Talk entitled The Science Delusion also attempted to outline our cruel ways of manipulating the world that should be shared by all of us. This doesn’t mean Sheldrake is right and all scientists are wrong. But it does lay the foundation for assumptions which the scientific community might be reluctant to consider.

The thought of mammals who have been on the Earth far longer than us and have larger brains than us is absolutely captivating. If we associate intelligence with technology, then yes we have a lot to brag about, considering all the tools, gadgets and machines we have created. But we shouldn’t omit the emotional intelligence here which plays a large role in a person’s success. Feelings such as compassion, intuition, and empathy are usually skills which help us climb the social ladder.

It’s humbling to consider the fact we are not superior to other species. Even though science and the tools we’ve designed are wonderful, we have to realize the destruction we can create with the disrespectful use of our tools.  Always remember that you have the ability to create or destroy the world. Be the change you want to see in the world!

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