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ML45: How To Learn from Animals
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For thousands of years, all kinds of authorities – from religious leaders to academics – have been repeating the same idea - that we humans are exceptional and by far the most intelligent in the animal kingdom. But is that actually the case? The fact that animals don’t understand us in some ways, and that we don’t understand them in others implies that our intelligences are different. But different in kind rather than rather in level – like the difference between kinesthetic and musical intelligence. After all…Killer whales share a complex language of their own, and dolphins have individual names based on whistle signals. Elephants have excellent memories and can keep track of up to 30 absent members of their family by sniffing out their scent and building a mental map of where they are. And while we humans need maps and GPS to find our way home after a long journey, homing pigeons can return from extremely long distances (more than 1,800 kilometres) without any guidance. I think Mark Twain said it best when he noted – It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb, because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” We could all benefit from a little more humility and make an effort to learn something from the remarkable creatures all around us, many of whom have been on this planet for a lot longer than us. And that’s the aim of this episode – I’ll dive into 5 of the main lessons I think we can learn from our friends in the animal kingdom, using examples from my own personal experience and the huge body of animal research.