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(io9)   Chimps are better at strategic reasoning than humans are. This also applies to throwing feces   (animals.io9.com) divider line 21
    More: Interesting, chimpanzees, Kyoto University, feces, competitive gaming, cats, Caltech, Colin Camerer  
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2014-06-05 06:36:57 PM  
Peak for yourself, subby.  I can fling with the best of 'em.
 
2014-06-05 09:30:17 PM  
Gee, I would think that an easy simple effective strategy would agree that both of them agree to pool their apples at the end, and split them 50/50.

They'd both average the same, and they would avoid stress because the result is predictable.
 
2014-06-05 09:41:23 PM  
Farking at work, getting a kick etc.
 
2014-06-05 10:32:32 PM  
Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-06-05 10:41:38 PM  
I think its that they're not so heavily tooluse-oriented in their standard form of coordination so they are more acrobatic and endurance-centric like monkeys, but more like swinging murdertanks when grouped and 'rollin hot', and that would probably mean they would have a lot of motor neuron negotiation abilities, giving the strong strategy suit.
 
2014-06-05 11:19:31 PM  
This is the sort of thing genetic engineering was made for. Just make Homo Saps as strong and strategic as chimps. Just think how exciting the Olympics would be!

Of course, strategic and logical thinking would make the politics tab boring, but then we can literally fling poo like our simian brethren.
 
2014-06-05 11:20:02 PM  
Whats not mentioned is familiarity with the person theyre competing with
 
2014-06-05 11:46:43 PM  
... how exactly are they determining if someone or something is playing more strategically in a guessing game...?
 
2014-06-06 12:38:22 AM  
Why isn't this on the politics tab?
 
2014-06-06 02:46:53 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: ... how exactly are they determining if someone or something is playing more strategically in a guessing game...?


It wasn't very clear from tfa. Best I can figure, they're saying that chimps have better memories than humans, which enables them to better determine patterns in opponents' play while minimizing predictability in their own.
 
2014-06-06 03:00:52 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Gee, I would think that an easy simple effective strategy would agree that both of them agree to pool their apples at the end, and split them 50/50.

They'd both average the same, and they would avoid stress because the result is predictable.


Which you can agree upon quickly if you have language...
 
2014-06-06 06:23:35 AM  
Well that explains Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
2014-06-06 06:31:55 AM  
I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby
 
2014-06-06 07:04:09 AM  
They got nothing on the Freepers when it comes to flinging.
 
2014-06-06 07:24:22 AM  

GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby


Lulling your intended target into a false sense of security, even when it just saw you poo, and getting it to stand at the correct distance etc.
 
2014-06-06 08:16:40 AM  

GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby


If you could throw a hammer bigger than yourself, would you let go?
 
2014-06-06 09:53:49 AM  

GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby


Poo is just used apples.
 
2014-06-06 10:31:47 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby

Poo is just used apples.


Don't compare apples and poo.
 
2014-06-06 10:36:00 AM  

untaken_name: Vlad_the_Inaner: GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby

Poo is just used apples.

Don't compare apples and poo.


Idrag?

Sounds pretty close to iraq. also a feline app.
 
2014-06-06 11:17:57 AM  

untaken_name: Vlad_the_Inaner: GRCooper: I must be an idiot - I fail to see how strategic thinking applies to poo flinging, subby

Poo is just used apples.

Don't compare apples and poo.


(sniff) I love you guys
 
2014-06-06 12:00:27 PM  
The army will begin replacing its Generals with chimpanzees in 2018. Welcome to the Planet of the Apes.

Yes, I know the warriors in Planet of the Apes were gorillas. That's stupid. Gorillas aren't all that aggressive and they are vegetarians. They just look good on film.

Hollywood is stupid. Humans are stupid.

Suddenly I am feeling the urge to rewatch Invader Zim. Invader Zim is stupid.
 
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