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Re: CHAT: Animal intelligence [was Re: Origin of names]

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, June 29, 2003, 21:38
Quoting "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>:

> Quoting Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>: > > > If we could place all animals on an inteligence scale, I'd expect > > to see humans at or near the top, and worms close to the bottom, > > but no large stretches were no species turns up. > > Are we talking about average (=mean) intelligence, or median > intelligence? If the latter, what with all the microbe and plant > species, I'd expect worms to compare rather favorably. :)
I believe I consistently spoke of _animal_ species? If one includes all species (altho' I hardly think it's meaningful to talk of the intelligence of plants or even protozoa), why should using the mean rather than the median help plants compare more favorably with worms? Andreas