I see a lot of posts that involve pet owners remarking about how smart their pets are. It got me to thinking, what makes us feel so superior that we feel we can judge the intelligence of other species we consider inferior to us. If you look at some basic facts we are probably the least intelligent of all creatures on this planet. 1) We keep other species as "pets". We bust our butts to feed, entertain, and house these animals. We clean poo, scratch bellies, and offer treats for simple tasks that amuse our simple minds. In return, our "pets" do absolutely nothing in return. Who really has the upper hand here? 2) We spend thousands of dollars and get into outrageous amounts of debt to buy "toys" because our feeble minds are incapable of entertaining us for more than a few minutes without some type of stimulation. Dogs, birds, cats, etc will be content with a $.30 length of rope tied into knots, and enjoy it for hours. Who wins this round? 3) We have no alternative for existence other than this planet. Outside our fragile ecosystem, there is deadly vacuum that means certain death if it were to ever breach our atmosphere. Yet we seem determined to do all we can to destroy it. We're about as smart as a tree trimmer sitting on the branch he's currently cutting. 4) For the people that want to claim our ability to perform higher level thinking, I offer this article. I thought this was amazing: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101025090020.htm Basically, honeybees that are foraging for pollen can almost instantly calculate the route that will allow them to get the most pollen in the shortest distance. Doesn't sound too complicated until you consider the fact that solving this problem takes humans and computers days of measuring, calculating, and comparing calculated results. Bees do it instantly and always take the shortest route even if the flowers are rearranged. Really, I just wanted to share this article. I threw the other stuff in as comic relief, but it is something to think about. And for anyone who still wants to claim humans are intellectually superior, I have two things to say...Dane Cook and reality TV.