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Research; Crows have much smaller brains than apes, but is still just as intelligent. Other factors than brain size seem to play a role in intelligence, at least for crows.
After allowing ravens, jackdaws and crows of New Caledonia make the same intelligence test previously used on 36 other species are Lund researchers who led the study impressed brains efficiency of these birds.
The test involves placing food inside a transparent cylinder and see if the test animal is smart enough to try to access food through the openings on the ends of the cylinder. The less intelligent animals beats instead of the pipe directly at the point where they see the food just inside.
The Ravens were the best in the test - all chose to go through the pages, despite a brain that only weighs 15 grams. Even jackdaws and crows of New Caledonia did well, they were in the class with such gorillas.
The big question is why crows are so smart.
- We do not know yet. There are many hypotheses. There are, for example, so far only a few studies on avian brain structure. And there are new studies underway on how large numbers of brain cells corvids have. They may be able to provide an answer to why they are so special, says PhD Can Kabadayi said.
DETERMINING INTELLIGENCE BY BRAIN SIZE
▪ Fact: The brain size of a presumed ancestor of humans is one of the main ways by which evolutionists determine how closely or distantly the creature is supposed to be related to humans.
Question: Is brain size a reliable indicator of intelligence?
Answer: No. One group of researchers who used brain size to speculate which extinct creatures were more closely related to man admitted that in doing so they “often feel on shaky ground.” Why? Consider the statement made in 2008 in Scientific American Mind: “Scientists have failed to find a correlation between absolute or relative brain size and acumen among humans and other animal species. Neither have they been able to discern a parallel between wits and the size or existence of specific regions of the brain, excepting perhaps Broca’s area, which governs speech in people.”
What do you think? Why do scientists line up the fossils used in the “ape-to-man” chain according to brain size when it is known that brain size is not a reliable measure of intelligence? Are they forcing the evidence to fit their theory? And why are researchers constantly debating which fossils should be included in the human “family tree”?* Could it be that the fossils they study are just what they appear to be, extinct forms of apes?
What, though, about the humanlike fossils of the so-called Neanderthals, often portrayed as proof that a type of ape-man existed? Researchers are beginning to alter their view of what these actually were. In 2009, Milford H. Wolpoff wrote in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology that “Neandertals may have been a true human race.”
Honest observers readily recognize that egos, money, and the need for media attention influence the way that “evidence” for human evolution is presented. Are you willing to put your trust in such evidence?
Understanding. Understanding is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something relate to one another, to see the entire matter and not just isolated facts. The Hebrew root verb bin has the basic meaning “separate” or “distinguish,” and it is often rendered “understand” or “discern.” It is similar with the Greek sy·niʹe·mi. Thus at Acts 28:26 (quoting Isa 6:9, 10) it could be said that the Jews heard but did not understand, or did not put together. They did not grasp how the points or thoughts fitted together to mean something to them.
Because a person with understanding is able to connect new information to things he already knows, it can be said that “to the understanding one knowledge is an easy thing.” (Pr 14:6) Knowledge and understanding are allied, and both are to be sought.—Pr 2:5; 18:15.
Discernment. ...As with understanding, discernment involves seeing or recognizing things, but it emphasizes distinguishing the parts, weighing or evaluating one in the light of the others.
The original-language words rendered “understanding” can refer to comprehension of a rather simple kind or can describe a full and profound realization of the inner nature, underlying reasons, and significance of complex matters. Insight, discernment, and perception are all closely connected to understanding.
Relationship to Knowledge and Wisdom. Understanding must be based on knowledge, and it works with knowledge, though it is itself more than mere knowledge. The extent and worth of one’s understanding is measurably affected by the quantity and quality of one’s knowledge.
The “understanding heart is one that searches for knowledge”; it is not satisfied with a mere superficial view but seeks to get the full picture. (Pr 15:14)
originally posted by: PanPiper
a reply to: GemmyMcGemJew
Then what does the test prove?
If you remove society from the equation. Is not problem solving actually the definition of intelligence?
Bill Gates — 'I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.'