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Re: EQ (was RE: Tyrannosaur age-population distributions)
On Mon, 17 Jul 2006 22:31:43 +0200 K and T Dykes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Nevertheless, comparing E.Q.s of
> tyrannosaurids with chickens strikes me as... I can't think of an
> appropriate term, so 'adventurous' will hopefully suffice.
Yes, but comparing the relative *intelligence* of tyrannosaurids and
chickens is equally adventurous (actually, impossible, I submit).
Unfortunately, E.Q., with all of its caveats and limitations, is the only
empirical method we have to say anything about the comparative
intelligence of chickens and tyrannosaurids. And I agree that it is
practically worthless if used specifically for that purpose. So, if you
can provide another criterion that would be better used as a gauge to
support or refute Graydon's claim that tyrannosaurs were smarter than
chickens, I'm all ears.
"To an alien viewing Earth from orbit, it may not be obvious that there
is intelligent life on the planet, but it would be obvious that there are
engineers down there." - George Nelson, former U.S. astronaut.