Posted: Nov 24, 2010 10:35 pm
by jez9999
So what is a common measure of intelligence, then? I think mathematics is actually a really good measure of raw intelligence, being as it's so abstract and usually far-removed from real-world scenarios; an animal's traditional environment is unlikely to give them an inherent advantage in this area.

As for language skills, I'm saying that I struggle to see how our ability to use language could evolve over small, incremental steps. I don't see why no other species - in the history of the world - would have developed language as advanced as ours if that were something that evolution was even rarely capable of.