Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Crow in the Know

Art by Tiger-Tyger

I have always been drawn to the crows and ravens, with their uncanny intelligence. They reason, they play, they recognize both their friends and their enemies. I’ve always thought that observing their non-mammalian intelligence and comparing it to our own would give us clues to the nature of intelligence itself, exclusive of its particular biological form.
Some videos illustrate my fascination. Here, crows solve complex problems. And here, crows teach themselves to work a vending machine. And there’s this. Here, a drowning crow is rescued by a bear. Not quite sure what that illustrates, but I think it’s pretty wonderful.

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