Animals Are Capable of Abstract Thought
And, in the case of apes, using touchscreens apparently
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 18, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – We humans have some pretty big britches when it comes to our intellectual prowess, thinking our high-falutin' language gives us the unique ability to grasp abstract concepts and make connections. But research increasingly shows that animals can do the same, Scientific American reports. In a remarkable experiment last fall, researchers gave gorillas and orangutans touchscreens, presented them with a picture of an animal, and then showed them pictures of two other animals—one that shared some characteristic with the first, and another that didn't.

The primates proved relatively adept at matching the pairs, even when the connection between them was fairly abstract—for example, they could correctly match turtles to snakes, suggesting they'd figured out what reptiles are. And the apes aren't alone; another recent study demonstrated that dogs can identify other dogs, even if they are of vastly different breeds, by sight alone, and other researchers have shown that bears, pigeons, and chimpanzees have similar skills.

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Orangutan
Jun 1, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
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Orangutan
Jun 1, 2014 1:58 PM CDT
http://orangutans.beep.com/ The official founder was R.M. Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjujo (1901-1987), known after the World War II. as Pak Subuh from Indonesia. At the beginning the sect existed only in Java, but in the 50’s – 60’s it extended word wide, taking out influential people to be their supporter directly or by implication. However the real intellectual leading and ideology bases came from a totally different direction. Doctrines, worded by the well-known Russian dancer Gurdjieff, has been translated to the sect in the 40’s – 50’s by John G. Bennett, who was the disciple of Gurdjieff with a very interesting intelligence past and can be correlate with more organizations. Since the tsarist period ends Gurdjieff itself has been getting in a vague touch with Russians. Subud established a consistent network of enterprises around the word and in that countries, which are important for them. That includes foundations, banks, huge agricultural territories, mines, powerhouses and a wide range of processing trades. The one of the oldest organization has been built in Borneo, Indonesia, influencing the whole local region financial life. Subud could create an empire, consist of free labor forces and industries network, by a microcredit system for the pour and backward Dajak folk lived in the island. Dajak families meant a cheap and governable labor, because their children can work with them in the Subud’s mines and plantation. One plantation of oil palm tree needs 8 years to become productive, therefore it is important to hold the costs low. On that score Subud employs a mass of children.
Gemini528
May 19, 2014 10:25 PM CDT
Did we really need a scientific study to figure that out? That's the reason you don't see Hyenas hunting Lions because they know the DIFFERENCE. These two groups may come in conflict at times over food but they generally avoid each other.