Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth by Justin Gregg

By Justin Gregg

How clever are dolphins? Is their communique process rather as advanced as human language? And are they as pleasant and peaceable as they're made out to be?

Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made approximately dolphin intelligence and separates clinical truth from fiction. He offers the result of the newest learn in animal behaviour, and places our wisdom approximately them into point of view with comparisons to clinical reviews of alternative animals, particularly the crow kin and nice apes. He provides interesting bills of the demanding situations of checking out what an animal with flippers and no facial expressions may well truly be considering. Gregg's evidence-based process creates a finished and up to date learn of this attention-grabbing animal so as to attract all these intrigued via dolphin behaviour.

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It involves a minefield of complex and poorly understood psychological concepts concerning the mental lives of dolphins as it pertains to their awareness of their bodies, actions, minds, thoughts, and emotions, as well as their awareness of the 48 COGI TO E RGO DE L PHIN US SU M minds, thoughts, and emotions of other beings. Throw in the problem of what consciousness is, and you’ve got yourself one of the thorniest issues in the history of science and philosophy. If science has anything concrete to say about the dolphin mind with regard to these topics, it’s that we’ve found some tantalizing clues suggesting that dolphins have some sort of awareness of their own minds (and possibly the minds of others), but we don’t know for sure how similar this is to human awareness, nor how unique the dolphin mind might be when compared with other species on these points.

Body-awareness Perhaps the most basic form of self-awareness is the knowledge that one has a body that is separate from other objects encountered in the world. This body awareness (sometimes called embodiment)5 relies on a 49 A R E DOL PHINS R E A L LY SM A RT? , pressure, temperature). This sense of body-awareness can arise in the mind independent of the immediate sensory information from the body itself, and is thus an important first step on the path to having an emergent sense of self. This is evidenced by a number of strange syndromes in humans where a disconnect occurs between the mind’s awareness of one’s body plan or body schema, and the actual sensations the mind receives from the body.

It depends on how you define intelligence,” drone the killjoy scientists. Instead of viewing this attitude as something problematic, I hope to inspire you to gleefully reject oversimplistic accounts of dolphin behavior and embrace the kind of ambiguity that drives dolphin scientists to engage in science in the first place. By providing as dispassionate and impartial an analysis of the current state of dolphin science as I possibly can, I hope to crack open the gaudy facade that shrouds our dolphin friends, and reveal a living, breathing, but deeply misunderstood mammal.

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