HW7_-_Time_-_animalthought

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Note: This article was obtained on-line via “ProQuest” a service available to all Columbia/Barnard students. If you would like to use ProQuest to obtain an on-line copy of a news article, it can be accessed at http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb . Many on-line services for retrieving newspaper, magazine and journal articles are available at the Columbia University web site under the “Libraries” section. Can animals think? Time New York Sep 6, 1999 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Authors: Eugene Linden Volume: 154 Issue: 10 Pagination: 56-60 ISSN: 0040781X Subject Terms: Animal cognition Animal training Animal behavior Abstract: Several instances are given of animals demonstrating intelligence, from ingenious primate escapes to joking parrots. Research supports these examples, too, perhaps the most prominent study being a language acquisition experiment involving a chimpanzee. The subject of animal intelligence has been taken up in a recent book by Eugene Linden entitled "The Parrot's Lament." Copyright Time Incorporated Sep 6, 1999 Full Text: [IMAGE PHOTOGRAPH] In The Parrots Lament, Eugene Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat and outfox humans THE FIRST TIME FU MANCHU BROKE OUT, zookeepers chalked it up to human error. On a balmy day, the orangutans at the Omaha Zoo had been playing in their big 1
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outdoor enclosure. Not long thereafter, shocked keepers looked up and saw Fu and his family hanging out in some trees near the elephant barn. Later investigation revealed that the door that connects the furnace room to the orangutan enclosure was open. Head keeper Jerry Stones chewed out his staff, and the incident was forgotten. But the next time the weather was nice, Fu Manchu escaped again. Fuming, Stones recalls, "I was getting ready to fire someone." The next nice day, alerted by keepers desperate to keep their jobs, Stones finally managed to catch Fu Manchu in the act. First, the young ape climbed down some air-vent louvers into a dry moat. Then, taking hold of the bottom of the furnace door, he used brute force to pull it back just far enough to slide a wire into the gap, slip a latch and pop the door open. The next day, Stones noticed something shiny sticking out of Fu's mouth. It was the wire lock pick, bent to fit between his lip and gum and stowed there between escapes. Fu Manchu's jailbreaks made headlines in 1968, but his clever tricks didn't make a big impression on the scientists who specialize in looking for signs of higher mental processes in animals. At the time, much of the action in animal intelligence was focused on efforts to teach apes to use human languages. No researcher cared much about ape escape artists. And neither did I. In 1970, I began following studies of animal intelligence, particularly
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