Are Humans Biased To Thinking That Only Humanoids Are Intelligent?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 27, 2010 in Science

EinsteinI think an octopus is about as different as you can get from being a human — eight legs, lives underwater and a hard beak at the center. Yet this video shows clear evidence that they’re quite bright creatures who are quite capable of using tools. This makes me realize that as humans we might have a bias towards thinking that only humanoid creatures have intelligence — and often the worst offenders I see are science fiction films. Read more…

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