At one point I was going to call this blog Flipper’s Last Theorem (hat-tip to Brent for suggesting the name). It turns out I made the right choice to go with Kian‘s idea of Abstract Nonsense, since a new study has just shown that contrary to previous belief, dolphins are very far from the second most intelligent species on the planet:
Dolphins and whales are dumber than goldfish and don’t have the know-how to match a rat, new research from South Africa shows.
For years, humans have assumed the large brains of dolphins meant the mammals were highly intelligent.
Paul Manger from Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, however, says it is not intelligence that created the dolphin super-brain — it’s the cold.
To survive underwater, these warm-blooded animals developed brains that have a lot of insulating material — called glia — but not too many neurons, the gray stuff that counts for reasoned thinking.
Douglas Adams is flipping in his grave.