Dog-lovers, you're going to need to sit down for this. According to a new scientific study on canines published by the journal 'Learning and Behaviour', our beloved pals are not the geniuses that we think they are.
Scientific American broke the news in an article, which makes the conclusion that "There is no current case for canine exceptionalism." What the study is trying to put across to people is that our dogs are not the smartest species around, with many other mammals coming out on top. For instance, they say "According to the domestication hypothesis, dogs have been bred to be especially sensitive to human cues such as hand signals.
"As Lea and Osthaus note, dogs can indeed use human cues. However, contrary to the domestication hypothesis, they are far from unique in this ability. For example, the reigning champions of the ability to follow human hand signals are the bottlenose dolphin and the grey seal."
As dog-owners and dog-lovers, we also seem to put our canine pets on a sort of doggie-pedestal. In a similar way that humans view themselves as above-average in such areas as intelligence, we also do this to our pets. In a separate study which was published, "researchers had 137 pet owners rate both their own pet and the average pet on a range of traits, including intelligence. The results revealed that the people rated their pets as above average on desirable traits and below average on undesirable traits."
Whatever the outcome of the studies, dog-lovers are nevertheless up in arms.
— JenniferA (@TKBF2) November 27, 2018
no one asked you, science https://t.co/giISqf9eL1
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 27, 2018
— Elisabeth Mariee 🎄 △⃒⃘ (@glammariee) November 27, 2018
this kind of bullshit is why people stop trusting scientists https://t.co/gFozMJ9x5Z
— Noah Segan (@kidblue) November 27, 2018
delete your account https://t.co/DCFEFYguJM
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 27, 2018
See, this is clearly the work of a genius.
Ummm, whatever science. How do you explain this then... pic.twitter.com/tWRiUZOvlC
— AdamRyan (@AdamRyan) November 27, 2018
Even The Dictionary got involved in the debate.
The word "may" is used to express possibility.
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) November 27, 2018
Was it the cats all along?
— Kimberly Boswell (@KSBoswell) November 27, 2018
pretty well written for a cat https://t.co/AoKvRiyPId
— Will Federman (@wfederman) November 27, 2018
See science, they ARE geniuses.
And yet, no other animal has persuaded me to share half of every meal and pay $80 a month for its allergy meds. https://t.co/ql5e09yDu6
— Jack Dolan (@jackdolanLAT) November 27, 2018
As several have noted: only one species has trained another to supply its food, housing, health care, transportation, breeding, exercise, family and affection needs, be its Gigantor The Space Age Robot and PICK UP ITS POOP.
Dogs are not just geniuses they are THE geniuses. https://t.co/SQB1unvVVF
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 27, 2018
The article is rather quite an interesting read, if you're so inclined - you can read it here.