posted on May, 24 2010 @ 10:07 PM
I think our downfall is to believe that animals arent intelligent in a greater way because they cannot speak or communicate with us but i believe they
understand one another by other means.
Have men no other method of communicating with one another than by speech? And the dumb, what do you say of them? The animals, being endowed with
the life of relation, have means of giving one another information, and of expressing the sensations they feel. Do you suppose that fishes have no
understanding among themselves? Man has not the exclusive privilege of language; but that of the animals is instinctive and limited to the scope of
their wants and ideas, while that of man is perfectible, and lends itself to all the conceptions of his intelligence.
It is evident that fishes, emigrating in masses, like the swallows that follow the guide that leads them, must have the means of giving one another
information, of arriving at a common understanding, and of concerting measures of general interest. It may be that they are gifted with a sense of
vision sufficiently acute to allow of their distinguishing signs made by them to one another, or the water may serve them as a vehicle for the
transmission of certain vibrations.
It is evident that they must have some means, whatever these may be, of comprehending one another, like all other animals that have no voice, and
that nevertheless perform actions in common.
[edit on 24-5-2010 by Shadow Herder]