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letters | Mensa members of the seas?

People not that bright either

THE ARTICLE “Who you calling smart” (Ideas, Feb. 2) makes the point that dolphins may be no more special than many other animals and that we need to be careful not to confuse cognitive abilities with intelligence.

Nowhere may the distinction between cognition and intelligence be more evident than with the animal Homo sapiens. Look at some of the things human beings do; it is obvious that we possess amazing cognitive abilities, but intelligence is a word that I would use very cautiously.

Michael Levy


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