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Study: Dolphins can problem solve like humans (more “non-human person” stuff?)
Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2013 6:18 AM EDT | Suzette LaBoy

Posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai

A dog may be man’s 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 human’s 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 Tanner’s use of echolocation. “He outsmarted us,” Jaakola said. She explained that dolphins must decide when to use echolocation, “and that’s problem-solving.” …

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: blindfold; dolphins; echolocation; epigraphyandlanguage; mimicry
No; it is still instinct. And are other senses that dolphins possess being omitted here, such as their electroreceptive abilities?
1 posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:05 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

When’s the last time they made the playoffs?


2 posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
"When’s the last time they made the playoffs? "

hee hee....

And its cool how they describe them as "like humans"... how true...

3 posted on 08/09/2013 8:15:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

So long and thanks for all the fish.


4 posted on 08/09/2013 8:15:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

2008 as a wild card. Ravens beat them in OT, IINM.


5 posted on 08/09/2013 8:16:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Dolphins can problem solve like humans ...
As Rush has said - Let me know when they build their first hospital.
6 posted on 08/09/2013 8:17:43 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


7 posted on 08/09/2013 8:18:07 AM PDT by G-Bear (Always leave your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.)
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To: Olog-hai

No if humans could only figure out how to get out of those damn fishing nets......


8 posted on 08/09/2013 8:18:26 AM PDT by red devil 40
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To: Olog-hai

I wish I had know this in college so they could have helped me with differential equations.


9 posted on 08/09/2013 8:19:53 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Olog-hai

I would vote for one if it ran against McConnell or Boehner


10 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

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.


11 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:19 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


12 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:35 AM PDT by llevrok (“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” Orwell wrote)
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To: Olog-hai

I bet they are SMARTER then some people residing in public housing.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:37 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Now boys, after I’ve had my dinner I’ll tell you all I know about this Tarazan-Flash Gordon person.”


14 posted on 08/09/2013 8:23:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Cowboy Bob

One recent momentary celebrity stated “Dolphins is so Old School”


15 posted on 08/09/2013 8:23:44 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Chicago Murder Updates..http://homicides.redeyechicago.com/)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 8:27:29 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is contrary to human nature. Promoting liberalism comes from a strong hatred of self.)
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To: Olog-hai
If dolphins are so smart, why don't they jump over the cork line of the tuna net and escape? Jacques Cousteau was asked that question many years ago and said yes, they are very intelligent but they do not possess human intelligence. Big difference.
17 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:41 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: dainbramaged

Or as Rush said, “Show me a hospital built by dolphins.”


18 posted on 08/09/2013 8:30:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

Every living thing “solves problems”.

Finding food or a mate is “solving a problem”.


19 posted on 08/09/2013 8:34:13 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Olog-hai

No doubt dolphins think of humans as idiots to be pitied.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 8:49:54 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Olog-hai

Give the dolphins arms, hands and fingers.. and I bet they can vote better than 47%(+) of the people too...


21 posted on 08/09/2013 8:56:00 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Olog-hai
...man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.

Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

22 posted on 08/09/2013 9:14:06 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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Give the dolphins arms, hands and fingers.. and I bet they can vote better than 47%(+) of the people too...

But if you put them on Fish Stamps and give them Obamaphones they'll vote for Obama, too.

23 posted on 08/09/2013 9:15:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Olog-hai

24 posted on 08/09/2013 9:25:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Olog-hai

Good. I hope they can figure out what is killing them on the eastern seaboard


25 posted on 08/09/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Olog-hai

Gee I don’t recall seeing anything about dolphins building shelters or using tools and fire.


26 posted on 08/09/2013 10:27:02 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: KarlInOhio

Scary thought :p


27 posted on 08/09/2013 11:46:26 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe one day they’ll figure out how to avoid those darn fishing nets.........


28 posted on 08/09/2013 11:47:50 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco
"Maybe one day they’ll figure out how to avoid those darn fishing nets......... "

"Mom, the tuna doesn't taste as good as it used to."

29 posted on 08/09/2013 11:50:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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