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Re: IQ & EQ
At 04:16 PM 5/26/98 +0000, Bill Adlam wrote:
>It is encephalisation quotient which has been found very roughly to correlate
>with 'intelligent' behaviour. When two closely related species have great
>differences in intelligence (e.g. humans and chimpanzees), they almost always
>have great differences in EQ. But relatives such as tigers and tabby cats,
>with different brain sizes (absolute or divided by body mass) but about the
>same EQ, have similar behaviour.
>This applies less strongly to distantly related animals, and as a rule of
>thumb performs quite well comparing major vertebrate taxa.
Has anyone tried refining the concept of EQ to get more reliable comparisons
across taxa? Surely its possible to develop a formula that's a bit more
informative than brain size over body mass. I suppose that there is a
limit, probably reached quite quickly, to what one can do with raw biometric