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Ape Intelligence
Ape Intelligence

Ape Intelligence

NOVA and National Geographic made a fascinating documentary entitled “Ape Genius,” in which they showed how apes learn and how they function mentally. In one segment of the show, they compared how chimpanzees and human children learn and function; someone posted videos on YouTube in two parts: child vs chimpanzee, part 1 and child vs chimpanzee, part 2. There are also some fascinating, interesting segments on problem solving in apes and learning by imitation. You can watch the whole show (one hour, divided into six parts) on NOVA’s Website. They give you the option of watching it in Quicktime or Windows Media. On a related note, National Geographic has an article (which I have not read) entitled “Almost Human,” by Mary Roach. They also have some interesting video clips on ape intelligence. Another good segment, from National Geographic’s “Human Ape,” is about self-recognition.

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