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2014-02-11 07:24:02 AM  
People today have no idea how hard it is to survive naked in the woods with no hands while being actively hunted by animals much bigger than yourself. Our forefathers had some inkling because when you all you have is a pointy stick, suddenly even beaver can be life threatening.

These tests are nice, but it's an insult to crows and science to call the poor bird a genius just because it solves one of the easiest tasks presented to any crow on the planet. There's not even any owls in that cage.
 
2014-02-11 07:39:17 AM  
Can it also guess the number of turkeys it would take to fill up any given space?
 
2014-02-11 08:13:41 AM  
In perfect udder?
 
2014-02-11 08:46:10 AM  

doglover: People today have no idea how hard it is to survive naked in the woods with no hands while being actively hunted by animals much bigger than yourself.


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I am the smartest thing evar!
 
2014-02-11 09:25:56 AM  
A lot of human beings can't think for themselves - they can't work out what's really going on with nature and the world, so they just stick dogmatically to their dumb religious beliefs which are totally unsupported by real facts.

Like climate alarmists, for example.
 
2014-02-11 09:43:58 AM  
Maybe we're just getting better at designing modular tests and communicating them to test subjects.

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2014-02-11 09:46:30 AM  
Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.
 
2014-02-11 09:49:30 AM  

Zombalupagus: Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.


Not a bad idea really until they figure out they can use slugs. I could always use extra washers laying around I suppose.
 
2014-02-11 10:01:13 AM  
How odd.  You'd normally expect a crow to put something that difficult off until tomorrow.

/obscure?
 
2014-02-11 10:05:14 AM  

doglover: People today have no idea how hard it is to survive naked in the woods


There are no crows in the woods. The crow's high intelligence isn't so that it can evade predators in the wild. Quite the contrary, its high intelligence is so that it doesn't have to evade them.

Every crow in the world lives within 10 miles of human habitation. The crow is the only animal not domesticated by man that lives entirely with him, because human population centers are the best defense against whatever the animal kingdom might throw at you.

Clever bastards, those crows.
 
2014-02-11 10:13:46 AM  

THE GREAT NAME: A lot of human beings can't think for themselves - they can't work out what's really going on with nature and the world, so they just stick dogmatically to their dumb religious beliefs which are totally unsupported by real facts.

Like climate alarmists, for example.


7/10, not bad.
 
2014-02-11 10:14:32 AM  
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2014-02-11 10:16:07 AM  

Ishkur: doglover: People today have no idea how hard it is to survive naked in the woods

There are no crows in the woods. The crow's high intelligence isn't so that it can evade predators in the wild. Quite the contrary, its high intelligence is so that it doesn't have to evade them.

Every crow in the world lives within 10 miles of human habitation. The crow is the only animal not domesticated by man that lives entirely with him, because human population centers are the best defense against whatever the animal kingdom might throw at you.

Clever bastards, those crows.


If I could, I would have a crow as a pet. Though I guess it would be more like a buddy than a pet.
/Next genre of movies? The buddy crow movie?
 
2014-02-11 10:16:32 AM  

Ishkur: There are no crows in the woods.


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Fine, corvids. Jeez, you anal retentive ornithologists... Raven's just a crow that juices!
 
2014-02-11 10:19:39 AM  

Ishkur: The crow is the only animal not domesticated by man that lives entirely with him


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Would like a word.
 
2014-02-11 10:21:48 AM  

andrewagill: Ishkur: The crow is the only animal not domesticated by man that lives entirely with him

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Would like a word.


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2014-02-11 10:23:05 AM  

doglover: Fine, corvids. Jeez, you anal retentive ornithologists... Raven's just a crow that juices!


Which ones? There's over 100 species. You gotta be specific if you're gonna be the water carrier of the animal world.
 
2014-02-11 10:38:45 AM  
Hey doglover and Ishkur, you should be best friends what with your shared envy-fuelled frothing hatred of America!
 
2014-02-11 10:42:54 AM  
Not only can I solve complex puzzles, I can make witty remarks at bad movies!
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2014-02-11 10:50:43 AM  

THE GREAT NAME: A lot of human beings can't think for themselves - they can't work out what's really going on with nature and the world, so they just stick dogmatically to their dumb religious beliefs which are totally unsupported by real facts.

Like climate alarmists, for example.


THE GREAT NAME: Hey doglover and Ishkur, you should be best friends what with your shared envy-fuelled frothing hatred of America!


For those of you keeping score at home the count is 2 strikes.
 
2014-02-11 11:00:54 AM  

Sybarite: Can it also guess the number of turkeys it would take to fill up any given space?


You get the MSTie Comment of the Day award.

/"Opticalllillluuuuusionnnnnah!"
//and yes, corvids are awesome
///I named my cat "Crow", not only because of MST, but also because I'm a fan of corvids
 
2014-02-11 11:01:17 AM  

Sybarite: Can it also guess the number of turkeys it would take to fill up any given space?


Oh, great.  "Something special about Crow?  Well let me walk right over and stamp all over it!"  I'm just sick of it, Mike!
 
2014-02-11 11:03:17 AM  

QuillofNumenor: Sybarite: Can it also guess the number of turkeys it would take to fill up any given space?

Oh, great.  "Something special about Crow?  Well let me walk right over and stamp all over it!"  I'm just sick of it, Mike!


I'm sorry, I'm sorry... tell you what, just calm down, and let's go have a sammich. I've got some turkey... *trollface*
 
2014-02-11 11:06:28 AM  
When I was young, our family had a pet crow called Inky. I don't remember much about him because I was pretty young, but I believe he died a natural death.

Another time, I took care of a crow that couldn't fly; I called him Inky II. We put him in a big cage outside. I'd take him out; one time he ate ants that were on a pile of dirt in our yard (dirt was meant for sod that was coming), which I thought was kind of neat. I took him to school, where I think he had me trained. While I was beside him, he would caw, resulting in my feeding him a little bit of bread and a squirt of water. My classmates laughed when he did it several times in a row.

One day, he could fly again. He flew up to a power line, cawed, and then flew away. I was glad he was healthy enough to be on his own again.

Very intelligent animals. Makes my day when I see a crow because it brings back memories of Inky and Inky II.
 
2014-02-11 11:09:17 AM  
 
2014-02-11 11:20:49 AM  
This crow is truly a murder of one
 
2014-02-11 11:36:57 AM  

roughridersfan: When I was young, our family had a pet crow called Inky. I don't remember much about him because I was pretty young, but I believe he died a natural death.

Another time, I took care of a crow that couldn't fly; I called him Inky II. We put him in a big cage outside. I'd take him out; one time he ate ants that were on a pile of dirt in our yard (dirt was meant for sod that was coming), which I thought was kind of neat. I took him to school, where I think he had me trained. While I was beside him, he would caw, resulting in my feeding him a little bit of bread and a squirt of water. My classmates laughed when he did it several times in a row.

One day, he could fly again. He flew up to a power line, cawed, and then flew away. I was glad he was healthy enough to be on his own again.

Very intelligent animals. Makes my day when I see a crow because it brings back memories of Inky and Inky II.


Truly cool story, bro. :)
 
2014-02-11 11:37:01 AM  
I saw a bird fishing, using bait, once. He/she dropped small pieces bread into a pond and ate the tiny fish that came to get the bread.
 
2014-02-11 12:03:26 PM  
I for one welcome our new Avian Overlords!!!
 
2014-02-11 12:15:02 PM  

wild9: Zombalupagus: Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.

Not a bad idea really until they figure out they can use slugs. I could always use extra washers laying around I suppose.


Have you ever tried using a slug in a vending machine? Or, for that matter, a Canadian coin?
 
2014-02-11 12:20:24 PM  
Yeah, but that crow still can't beat level 4 of Robotopolis.
 
2014-02-11 12:46:01 PM  
I was lucky enough to witness my neighbors cat manage to pounce a raven once.

Lucky for me (free show!), not so lucky for the cat.  The raven lost a couple of feathers and was pretty outraged by the whole experience, but that cat had its a$$ handed to it.

Bonus feature:  That raven went and communicated to his buddies somehow, because every morning after that they would line up on the fence to harass the cat when it's owner threw it outside.
 
2014-02-11 12:58:23 PM  
Five crows mean silver, six crows mean gold,
Seven Crows a Secret That's Never Been Told.
 
2014-02-11 02:10:06 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Not only can I solve complex puzzles, I can make witty remarks at bad movies!
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Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2014-02-11 04:40:46 PM  

Skyd1v: Bonus feature:  That raven went and communicated to his buddies somehow, because every morning after that they would line up on the fence to harass the cat when it's owner threw it outside.


That's the truly frightening things about the smarter Corvids. Yeah, they're problem solvers, which is bad enough... but they  teach their young. They're communicators of a fairly high order, and they form really tightly-knit family units. You piss off one crow, you piss of the rest, and the next thing you know you've got them sitting on your fence screaming bloody murder at you all day.

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2014-02-11 05:33:09 PM  

Skyd1v: Bonus feature: That raven went and communicated to his buddies somehow, because every morning after that they would line up on the fence to harass the cat when it's owner threw it outside.


Crows troll cats all the time. This one practically goads two cats into a fight. You can tell the crow is like "dude, he just called you a pussy. You gonna take that?" and then when they go at it the crow is all "fight fight fight fight!"
 
2014-02-11 05:41:17 PM  

JayCab: That's the truly frightening things about the smarter Corvids. Yeah, they're problem solvers, which is bad enough... but they teach their young. They're communicators of a fairly high order, and they form really tightly-knit family units. You piss off one crow, you piss of the rest, and the next thing you know you've got them sitting on your fence screaming bloody murder at you all day.


They remember those who are nice to them, too.

There is a gang of crows that like to perch on the building across the alley from me. I want to befriend them. I'll put out little perches and food dishes for them, so they know I'm the guy with the goods, and I'll let them eat out of my hand, and I will groom them and when I stick out my arms and they'll come to me, and soon I will be the Crow Whisperer, with an army at my beck and call, that I use to sic upon my enemies with great vengeance and furious anger. Mwahahahahaha.
 
2014-02-11 05:53:19 PM  

Ishkur: JayCab: That's the truly frightening things about the smarter Corvids. Yeah, they're problem solvers, which is bad enough... but they teach their young. They're communicators of a fairly high order, and they form really tightly-knit family units. You piss off one crow, you piss of the rest, and the next thing you know you've got them sitting on your fence screaming bloody murder at you all day.

They remember those who are nice to them, too.

There is a gang of crows that like to perch on the building across the alley from me. I want to befriend them. I'll put out little perches and food dishes for them, so they know I'm the guy with the goods, and I'll let them eat out of my hand, and I will groom them and when I stick out my arms and they'll come to me, and soon I will be the Crow Whisperer, with an army at my beck and call, that I use to sic upon my enemies with great vengeance and furious anger. Mwahahahahaha.


And also everything you own will be absolutely covered in shiat.
 
2014-02-11 06:36:19 PM  

MugzyBrown: This crow is truly a murder of one


"Those crows are calling my name" thought Caw.
 
2014-02-11 06:43:37 PM  

Zombalupagus: wild9: Zombalupagus: Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.

Not a bad idea really until they figure out they can use slugs. I could always use extra washers laying around I suppose.

Have you ever tried using a slug in a vending machine? Or, for that matter, a Canadian coin?


I'm not going to get a high tech vending machine for some crows. It will be one of those old style gumball ones. Does this hunk of metal fit through the slot for dimes? Drop a crow treat.
 
2014-02-11 09:00:19 PM  

Zombalupagus: Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.


I love crows, but...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/magazine/12letters-t-CORRECTIONS-1. h tml?_r=0
 
2014-02-11 09:16:50 PM  

wild9: Zombalupagus: wild9: Zombalupagus: Crows are amazingly intelligent. You can make a food vending machine for crows. Since crows normally have no money of their own (or pockets) you leave some coins by the machine and let them figure it out. Then the crows will fly off to find loose change so they can buy more food.

Free money.

Not a bad idea really until they figure out they can use slugs. I could always use extra washers laying around I suppose.

Have you ever tried using a slug in a vending machine? Or, for that matter, a Canadian coin?

I'm not going to get a high tech vending machine for some crows. It will be one of those old style gumball ones. Does this hunk of metal fit through the slot for dimes? Drop a crow treat.


You can Google "crow vending machine" and see what an actual one looks like, along with a TED talk from the guy who came up with the thing.
 
2014-02-11 09:36:40 PM  

emonk: "Those crows are calling my name" thought Caw.


Every once in a while I look up the Jack Handy classics and laugh my ass off all over again. Love the Disneyland burned down story.
 
2014-02-11 09:40:51 PM  

doglover: it's an insult to crows and science to call the poor bird a genius just because it solves one of the easiest tasks presented to any crow on the planet. There's not even any owls in that cage.


The point of these experiments is not to show survival ability and adaptation. They are to demonstrate cognition and attempt to understand the extent of these birds' cognitive abilities. Calling them "geniuses" is mainly for the large proportion of the human audience who believe that humans are the only animals that can truly "think".

Anyway, for me this video is impressive for several reasons:

1.) The bird has not been trained to do this. It may have experienced parts of the test before, but never as a whole sequenced chain. These are wild birds which are caught, tested, and then released.

2.) While looks may be deceiving and it may not do to anthropomorphize behavior, there are a few points in the test where the bird seems to pause, look at the parts, and then continue, and while it's looking it appears to be working things out. It's not just doing things out of trial and error but is using some kind of logic to work out what needs to be done to solve the test. Not many animals have been shown to have these abilities, especially among non-mammals. If humans specifically, and primates generally (well, and cetaceans) are the intellectuals of the Mammalia branch of the Metazoan tree, then Corvids are definitely the intellectuals of the Reptilia/Aves branch. I think that's neat.


emonk: MugzyBrown: This crow is truly a murder of one

"Those crows are calling my name" thought Caw.


Golf-clap, Mr. Handy. A well-deserved golf-clap for you. :D
 
2014-02-11 10:54:49 PM  

Relatively Obscure: And also everything you own will be absolutely covered in shiat.


Correction: Everything my enemies own will be covered in shiat.
 
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