reply to post by ExquisitExamplE
Human, dolphin, crow, ape actually. Elephant next, I think. It's a close call between elephant and Whale. Elephant gets first because it can do
things with its intelligence. Whales would be more or less emotional intelligence, and a bit of linguistic intelligence.
That would be the rate.
Indeed there are many kinds of intelligences. However, the ant would not be considered anything beyond elevated linguistic intelligence.
The ant has a 40 something character language, and that's about it. In order for it to have anything even really significantly intelligent, it would
first have to evolve the ability to create and record new characters, and even more, attach meaning to them.
The 40 something language of ants essentially allows it to move, find food, attack, defend, and reproduce. Oh! And most interestingly, "bring out
your dead" character.
However, although something to marvel at, it is no more intelligent than essentially a toy remote car. It is cool, yes, but not anything to say
The intelligences of importance would be emotional, innovation, and tool use. Humans have all three plus linguistic intelligence, all in extremely
Crows would have exceptional tool and innovation intelligence. Dolphins would essentially be human children with elevated emotional intelligences.
So yea, there are a lot, but linguistic intelligence would only really be cool in ants when they have enough characters, and the ability to make new
ones, and associate meaning to them. This cannot happen until brain development.
So sorry, ants don't even make the top ten.
[edit on 7-7-2010 by Gorman91]