Skip to comments.Study: Dolphins can problem solve like humans (more “non-human person” stuff?)
Posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
A dog may be mans best friend, but dolphins can imitate human actions, and even how they solve problems.
When a dolphin has one of its senses blocked, it can use other senses to mimic a humans movements, according to a recent study.
The study, conducted at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, expands on previous studies looking at how dolphins are able to imitate other dolphins while blindfolded. To see if a change in sound would affect their imitation, researchers used humans instead of dolphins to make the movements in the water.
Dr. Kelly Jaakkola, research director of the nonprofit marine mammal center, said researchers were surprised by Tanners use of echolocation. He outsmarted us, Jaakola said. She explained that dolphins must decide when to use echolocation, and thats problem-solving.
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When’s the last time they made the playoffs?
And its cool how they describe them as "like humans"... how true...
So long and thanks for all the fish.
2008 as a wild card. Ravens beat them in OT, IINM.
I believe they are drawing the wrong conclusion from their experiment. I would posit that their primary means of locating objects in the water is their echolocation.
A better experiment would be to instruct the dolphin to mimic a humans actions, leave the blindfold off, and introduce enough noise in the water to jam the dolphins sonar. Thus seeing if the dolphin could mimic the human trainers’ actions by eyesight alone.
No if humans could only figure out how to get out of those damn fishing nets......
I wish I had know this in college so they could have helped me with differential equations.
I would vote for one if it ran against McConnell or Boehner
Dolphins: a future Democrat constituency. First grant them personhood and follow up with a Swimmer-Voter act. Hand out frozen herring on election day and they will vote donk by the pod.
Every one is upset about the Redskins name being offensive to some aboriginal people.
But if I were a dolphin, I’d be pissed about that Miami team’s name.
I bet they are SMARTER then some people residing in public housing.
“Now boys, after I’ve had my dinner I’ll tell you all I know about this Tarazan-Flash Gordon person.”
One recent momentary celebrity stated “Dolphins is so Old School”
Dolphins are smarter than we give them credit for, but this is not problem solving.
Furthermore, this is about ONE dolphin. For this to approach being a scientific study, it has to be done with hundreds of dolphins.
But that’s not the problem. The problem is the obsession with finding that humans are not really the most intelligent creatures on Earth, and proving that humans are really just the same as other animals.
Or as Rush said, “Show me a hospital built by dolphins.”
Every living thing “solves problems”.
Finding food or a mate is “solving a problem”.
No doubt dolphins think of humans as idiots to be pitied.
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