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Old 11-24-03, 11:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I could go with the idea they have a more developed decision making process than often credited with, they can respond to the same stimuli in multiple ways, many much higher animals have been looked at for decision making research. Most animals are not considered intelligent because of lack of evidence of decision making independant of stimuli. Memory as well is no indication of intellience, several species are capable of developing highly complex maps of their territories. Even some tool using species could not be considered intelligent because they don't usually apply the same tool in other situations that would be similar. How you define intelligence is a key point here.