Friday, May 1, 2015

Animal Intelligence

In Section, there was an example in La Fontaine's Address to Madame de La Sablière about the beavers being far more intelligent then humans could comprehend. I was interested in this, especially when it talked about the beavers building their dams, and stumbled upon this video. I found it fascinating. Beavers have a wide range of capabilities and are quite underestimated. I would say they are practically engineers with the construction they did with the dam. This correlates back to section, and I think there is no doubt La Fontaine was correct about animal intelligence. To be able to create and manipulate nature to your own accord requires an intelligence of a greater level. To say that these actions are innate would a great insult for their capabilities, which some humans may not even be capable of. 

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