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?