News Briefs 07-11-2012

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undrgrndgirl's picture
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9 February 2009
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the cockatoo story got me thinking...

what constitutes "tool use"? it's something i never questioned before, i just took it at some kind of "face value".

then i pondered a story my acupuncturist told me about a friend of hers who has five corgis (i have two, that's how the subject came up, and no, as far as i know my acupuncturist does not know qe2)...anyway the five corgis, so i am told, have figured out how to work together to push the kitchen chairs to the counter to get at food and even know how to open the cupboards...they were not taught how to do it. i have not seen it myself, so i can't verify the accuracy of the story.

but i did find this on youtube

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and i have to ask, is this tool use?

or do we just blow off the antics (intelligence/resourcefulness) of our canine companions because they are so familiar?

Rick MG's picture
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Yep, I'd argue that's tool use! Cats use tools as well, also known as humans.

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IMO tool-using is nowhere near as impressive as tool-making.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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