5 Experiments Proving Invertebrates Are Much More Aware than We Think
In Jon Balcombe's book Superfly, the ethnologist presents 5 case of higher intelligence tests in invertebrates with surprising results.
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Jonathan Balcombe is an English ethnologist—a studier of animal behavior—and has published several books on the subject, the most recent of which was called Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects.
In it, he begins to try and unravel our natural born prejudice towards anything with more than two legs, and shows that many of the most well-established intelligence tests we use for mammals and birds can also be passed by bugs and cephalopods.
In a Literary Hub excerpt, he argues that this should at least leave us revisiting whether these tests prove intelligence as such, or if we need to reexamine the concept of animal intelligence at large.
Let’s take a look at just how intelligent invertebrates really are.