Difference, Intelligence, and Life

Crows, scientists say, are as smart as the typical five-to-seven year-old. Any comment about the “intelligence” any kind of “life” has or does not have is immediately problematic–and human-centric. The more we learn about other forms of life, the more we realize how much more they know than previously acknowledged and how much more we have in common than easily admitted. 

But, think about human five-to-seven year olds. Some are learning to read and write. Some are very interested in playing outside. Some are struggling with cancer. Some are amazingly talented painters or singers. Some are homeless because their guardians have encountered hard times. So, imagine similar parallels in crows.

And why are humans the point from and to which we measure everything?

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda