The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence

This is a fascinating essay by the amazing Captain Paul Watson. I am reposting as it is a thought provoking and well researched piece that challenges our concept of intelligence. Captain Watson was one of Jake’s role models. One year, for a Halloween costume, he went as Captain Watson. He was in the 5th or 6th grade. He interview the Captain on board one of his ships for a school project and Captain Watson gave Jake one of the Sea Shepherd’s nautical charts he used to navigate along the Washington State coastline. It still hangs in our guest house. You can go to sea shepherd.org for more information on this wonderful organization who has done so much to preserve our oceans and the incredible creatures who live in them, for us.

Knowledge Utopia

This essay originally appeared on Captain Paul Watson’s Facebook page

“What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason!
How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god!
The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

The human species may not be the paragon of animals as Hamlet so eloquently described to us. There is another group of species on this Earth perhaps more deserving of such lofty praise.

It is ironic that science, in its pursuit of knowledge, may soon lead us to understand that we are not what we believe or desire ourselves to be, that we are not the most knowledgeable life-form on the planet. Biological science is provoking us to shatter our image of human superiority. Confronted with new realities, we may be forced…

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About edcol52

The Infinite Fountain of Love and Loss flows unceasingly into the pool of memory and sorrow. I created this blog in response to the most dreadful tragedy every parent fears, the death of a child, our 24 year old son, Jake. We are now on an unimagined journey along this road of grief and recovery. If you can find some comfort within these pages, than I will have succeeded in some small measure.
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One Response to The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence

  1. hyacinthe00 says:

    Ed, thanks for this amazing article — and for the memory of Jake’s Halloween costume, which I believe that he wore with a trick-or-treat group including Bridget, herself probably dressed as a Pokemon animal or some kind of shady character. Check out recent studies on the intelligence of octopi.

    XO A & A

    Sent from my iPhone

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