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Are crows the ultimate problem solvers? - Inside the Animal Mind
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Posted on 02/07/2014 11:10:53 AM PST by chessplayer

Programme website: Dr Alex Taylor sets a difficult problem solving task, will the crow defeat the puzzle?

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Absolutely amazing. There are so many non-human intelligences on this planet, and so many people view non-human life with complete disdain,,,just "things" to be eradicated so we can build a parking lot or whatever. We had best hope a highly advanced space traveling species never finds us, because they would probably treat us with the same disdain and just sweep us away.
1 posted on 02/07/2014 11:10:53 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

they are already treating us with disdain


2 posted on 02/07/2014 11:14:29 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: chessplayer

Crows, no.

Squirrels, yes.


3 posted on 02/07/2014 11:14:44 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: chessplayer

Best crow problem-solving caught on YouTube:
You got to take a moment to check out this minute video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5NuBk5_Izc

Look real close on what the crow is using to ski down the roof in Russia.

You would think flying would be fun enough, but guess this bird is training for the Sochi Olympics.


4 posted on 02/07/2014 11:15:25 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: chessplayer

Crows are Native Americans and have the entrepreneurial spirit.


5 posted on 02/07/2014 11:18:48 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

I’ve heard that crows are highly intelligent, but, WOW.


6 posted on 02/07/2014 11:20:06 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: chessplayer

If the damned crows are so smart, why haven’t they helped us get rid of Obama?

Seriously, this is pretty amazing. We do, indeed, seriously underestimate the ability of animals to remember things, to think about them and to solve problems based on prior knowledge and thinking. No, they are not as intelligent as the average human (and that level is dropping as we speak - the move, “Idiocracy” was prophetic), but they aren’t as dumb as a box of rocks (or Joe Biden), either.


7 posted on 02/07/2014 11:21:38 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: tanknetter

my dad has some home video of a tree squirrel figuring out how to pull up a piece of corn on the cob hanging from a string about 18 inches down tied to a tree branch and chewing off the string after so he can abscond with the prize


8 posted on 02/07/2014 11:21:58 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

bttt


9 posted on 02/07/2014 11:25:43 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Ancesthntr
If the damned crows are so smart, why haven’t they helped us get rid of Obama?

that would be a black on black crime which doesnt exist

10 posted on 02/07/2014 11:26:12 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: chessplayer

Orcas are also complex problem solvers. But they usually end up solving a problem with tons of force.


11 posted on 02/07/2014 11:28:53 AM PST by lurk
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To: bigheadfred

Ah, silly me, I should’ve known. Maybe we can enlist Bluejays or Cardinals, instead. Or maybe the best bird would be a Snow Owl (but would that be WAAAAAAACIST???).


12 posted on 02/07/2014 11:29:13 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Pajamajan

bttt


13 posted on 02/07/2014 11:29:56 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: A'elian' nation

lol Having fun skiing just like people do. Read about another species of bird that will bend and fashion tools out of twigs or pieces of wire to get at food in hard to reach spots. And it saves the tool to use again!


14 posted on 02/07/2014 11:34:29 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Ancesthntr
i cant blame the crows maybe the blue footed boobies


15 posted on 02/07/2014 11:38:14 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: chessplayer; RitaOK

I will think of this video the next time someone calls me a “bird brain.”


16 posted on 02/07/2014 11:43:32 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: chessplayer

But did you notice what he was using for his skis?


17 posted on 02/07/2014 11:44:43 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Ancesthntr

Seriously, this is pretty amazing. We do, indeed, seriously underestimate the ability of animals to remember things, to think about them and to solve problems based on prior knowledge and thinking. No, they are not as intelligent as the average human (and that level is dropping as we speak - the move, “Idiocracy” was prophetic), but they aren’t as dumb as a box of rocks (or Joe Biden), either.


I’m seriously wondering if people would be able to solve that puzzle as fast as the crow did, given the same circumstances.


18 posted on 02/07/2014 11:46:54 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: A'elian' nation

Yup. lol


19 posted on 02/07/2014 11:47:28 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: bigheadfred

my dad has some home video of a tree squirrel figuring out how to pull up a piece of corn on the cob hanging from a string about 18 inches down tied to a tree branch and chewing off the string after so he can abscond with the prize


Wow. They’re smart animals, too.


20 posted on 02/07/2014 11:49:40 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Paladin2; shibumi

I, for one, welcome our new corvine overlords.


21 posted on 02/07/2014 11:52:43 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: chessplayer

if i can remember next time i go see the folks i will get a copy and upload it on youtube


22 posted on 02/07/2014 11:54:23 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Salamander
"I, for one, welcome our new corvine overlords. "

My Lab/Chesapeake/whatever still strenuously, vociferously and enthusiastically objects....

23 posted on 02/07/2014 11:56:17 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

Obviously not a Democrat. A Democrat crow would sit on its feathered ass and wait to be fed.


24 posted on 02/07/2014 11:59:08 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Salamander
I've tried to explain the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 to my dog, but she could easily run afowl of it.

Fortunately Crows are not covered.

25 posted on 02/07/2014 12:02:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

Crows are smart, but they are not nice. Crows like the taste of trauma. It is said they have slight precognition abilities and will hang out where trauma is going to happen in order to enjoy the suffering. They can be used as notification sources, but not helpful ones. More like knowing what a vulture means. And of course, their cawing is the sound of hell itself.


26 posted on 02/07/2014 12:02:42 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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Crows are smart, but they are not nice. Crows like the taste of trauma. It is said they have slight precognition abilities and will hang out where trauma is going to happen in order to enjoy the suffering.


Sounds like you’re describing humans.


27 posted on 02/07/2014 12:18:42 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: A'elian' nation

Is it a coaster? I cannot tell (cubicle bound, just a couple peeks at the video).


28 posted on 02/07/2014 12:33:36 PM PST by NEMDF
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It’s a condom. lol


29 posted on 02/07/2014 12:34:07 PM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

Is it a small Crow?


30 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Salamander

I, for one, welcome our new corvine overlords.


Me, too. They sure are interesting!

“FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CROWS”

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm


31 posted on 02/07/2014 12:39:35 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer; beaversmom

Amazing Bird Ping!


32 posted on 02/07/2014 1:01:48 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL oh so true...


33 posted on 02/07/2014 3:35:40 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: Pajamajan

The crow is my favorite bird...I’m amazed at how smart and clever they are.


34 posted on 02/07/2014 4:02:04 PM PST by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Salamander

You won’t find any of these in the obama administration. He never hires anyone smarter than he is.


35 posted on 02/07/2014 9:11:11 PM PST by clearcarbon
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Nope...haven’t been any Democrat crows since that one named “Jim”.

:)


36 posted on 02/08/2014 5:10:24 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: chessplayer

I love them but people here kill them with wanton abandon, much like snakes and any other “not cute and fuzzy” critters.

Ignorance is often deadly.

:(


37 posted on 02/08/2014 5:23:41 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: chessplayer

I had to read that three times to wrap my head around it.

Talk about projecting some pretty bizarre attributes on a bird.


38 posted on 02/08/2014 5:25:26 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Paladin2

This video was taken in Russia so either the Russian crows are small or Russian men are . . . . . lol


39 posted on 02/08/2014 5:46:15 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Flycatcher

Thank you for the ping FC. Going to watch now. Smart birdies!


40 posted on 02/12/2014 11:56:37 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: chessplayer

This one still makes me laugh:

The Crow that Made Two Cats Fight
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2833421/posts


41 posted on 02/13/2014 12:07:45 AM PST by beaversmom
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