Latest research by dolphin scientists shows that human beings may not be as smart as had always been assumed. “The human brain is much larger than we would expect for a mammal that size, so we had always thought that the spare capacity might be given over to sentience,” said Herbert Bottlenose, of the Aquatic University’s Terrestrial Science department. “After all, they don’t face the complex three-dimensional world that we do, nor do they have to give over so much of their brains to interpreting sonar signals.
“We’ve been able to train them to give us fish for doing simple tricks like jumping through hoops. But every time we try to talk with them they just assume we want more fish. If they were really intelligent, then they’d figure out that we were actually trying to tell them something important. We’ve been trying to warn them about global warming for years. It’s their loss — after all, warmer and larger seas are great for us. The only human who ever got it right was the late, great Douglas Adams. It really won’t be that long before we have to say ‘So long, and thanks for all the fish’.”
This story is a riposte to this article about South African researcher Paul Manger’s work.