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that drinking more can be a sign of intelligence

Found yourself drinking again last night? Don’t fret. It’s just a sign of your massive intelligence levels. (Aka: that was a smart decision). According to two studies quoted by The Week Magazine, there is a correlation between how smart you are and how much you drink. Potential reasons include evolution, early adoption, making up for boring early years, and probably the one that’s easiest to relate to: dealing with the morons:

“Drinking is the only way to deal with morons: Smart people “booze so we can tolerate everyone else,” says Greg at Food & Wine Blog. When sober, we tend to “take people’s responses at literal face value.” But after a few drinks, “we can relax a bit, stop being so anal with semantics and let comments slide a bit.””

that many animals are much smarter than we give them credit for

Excellent article in WSJ (!) about studies around the intelligence levels of various animals. Obviously, no one in their right mind will argue that an ape would outrank humans in intelligence (at least not based on what we know now). But, as the article points out, the question really is: what is considered intelligence? Are we framing it the right way?

“We also may need to rethink the physiology of intelligence. Take the octopus. In captivity, these animals recognize their caretakers and learn to open pill bottles protected by childproof caps—a task with which many humans struggle. Their brains are indeed the largest among invertebrates, but the explanation for their extraordinary skills may lie elsewhere. It seems that these animals think, literally, outside the box of the brain.

Octopuses have hundreds of suckers, each one equipped with its own ganglion with thousands of neurons. These “mini-brains” are interconnected, making for a widely distributed nervous system. That is why a severed octopus arm may crawl on its own and even pick up food.”