Are Crows Way Smarter Than You Think?


Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here’s a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it’ll be a world’s first. Yes, so it was– the bird won!

Dr. Alex Taylor studies wild birds for 3 months at a time (he releases them to the wild after) and had shown 007 the puzzles individually before. This, however, is the first time the crow will see them arranged in this order and he needs to figure out in which order to solve them to be successful.

The BBC showed the crow surveying the puzzles and then getting to work. He jumps up and unties the short stick from the rope. He tries the short stick to reach the treat but realizes he needs a longer one. He then uses the short stick to pull out three individual rocks from three individual cages. When he looks like he’s stumped over what to do with the rocks, he figures it out and uses the rocks as weights to retrieve the longer stick needed to score the snack.He passed with flying colors (and a tasty treat). Birds are smart. And it can be scary if we think of birds as in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Birds’ where they are menacing.

Talking about the super intelligence of the Crow, I would like to talk about the intelligence of plants too which Master Li Hongzhi, Founder of Falun Gong has talked about in the Book Zhuan Falun. An excerpt: ‘For instance, there is a person in America who is specialized in electronic studies and teaches others how to use lie detectors. One day, an idea suddenly hit him. He put both ends of a lie detector to a dragon pot plant and poured water to its root. He then found that the lie detector’s electronic pen had quickly drawn a curve. This curve was identical to that drawn when the human brain produces a brief second of excitement or happiness. At that moment, he was shocked. How could a plant have feelings? He almost wanted to yell in the streets: “Plants have feelings!” Enlightened by this occurrence, he continued to do research in this area and conducted many experiments.’ Read more