Re: Re: nobody here but us wildlife
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 22:17:08 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 10 Jun 1997 wrote:

> In a message dated 97-06-10 06:31:13 EDT, you write:

> << Curt Adams writes:

> > As an aside, the domesticated primate (us) is the smartest

> > primate of all.


> Actually, dolphins are the smartest, for they have the highest brain to

> ratio.

Brain-to-body is a good way of estimating intelligence; but it probably isn't
the whole story. I'd think that if dolphins were smarter than us they'd
evade fishing nets better. I could be wrong. It could well be that dolphins
are (and Neanderthals were) smarter than us but we do better because we're
better platforms for memetic replication.

To quibble, I said human were the smartest *primate* and dolphins aren't a
counterexample to that. However, I believe Neanderthals also had a higher
brain-to-body than we do.