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Dogs have IQ of 2 year olds

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I just saw this. Well I always believed dogs to be intelligent creatures. Certainly more so than cats.  Curiously the study also found that dogs were smarter than 3-4 year old toddlers at basic arithmetic:

While dogs ranked with the 2-year-olds in language, they would trump a 3- or 4-year-old in basic arithmetic, Coren found. In terms of social smarts, our drooling furballs fare even better.

“The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing,” Coren told LiveScience.

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Written by defennder

August 9, 2009 at 7:55 PM

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The fallacy of false equivalence

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I don’t enjoy lecturing others on basic logical fallacies, especially when doing so may appear to insult their intelligence. But yet it seems unless people are aware of this fallacy, some would continue to peddle misleading comparisons or make unqualified sweeping statements. This is a topic I thought I would be able to find on Singaporean Skeptic’s blog, but I couldn’t find any so I decided to write a post on it.

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July 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

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Global warming shrinking fish size

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Here’s something for global warming deniers.  A new study just concluded that fish have been shrinking over time due to global warming, gradually losing half their body mass.

Fish have lost half their average body mass and smaller species are making up a larger proportion of European fish stocks as a result of global warming, a study published Monday has found.

Smaller fish tend to produce fewer eggs. They also provide less sustenance for predators – including humans – which could have significant implications for the food chain and ecosystem.

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July 22, 2009 at 9:21 AM

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