Are You Smarter Than a Primate?

A new study found that chimps performed about as well as college students at mental addition. Experts say this means, for the first time, that nonverbal math skills are not unique to humans.


Scientific research that says humans are no better at nonverbal thinking than monkeys must be flawed, because the research itself is based on humans engaging in nonverbal thinking.

It's a Catch 22: If they're right, then they're wrong. It's like the Academy Awards: If Hollywood thinks it's good, then it sucks.

Now, Duke students may not be that bright. But most of them are probably sharper than monkeys.

Let's see 14 monkeys go to Denny's, pretend to split the bill and pull a runner. Last time I checked, chimps can't do much more than fling their own feces. I grew out of that when I was fourteen.

I mean, who conducted this research, Mike Nifong? This isn't science. Fourteen college students locked in a room with some chimps? That sounds more like Bill Schulz's porn collection to me.

And that's my gut feeling!

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