You ever wonder what the thought process of creatures living in the natural world might consist of on a daily basis? Better yet, do they think or operate on a much higher level than we do as humans? As people, we feel that we are the better species because of the infrastructure we manage to build or the many languages we are able to speak. Yet there is still the lingering question, “Are we really the most intelligent species on the planet?” Let’s take a look at the human species, at what we build and how we build things. If you look at a house for instance; over time, homes have taken on so many forms. In the beginning of time we aimed to make shelter out of the caves we dwelled in, but today homes are highly innovative. A home can consist of everything from a sewage system to expel waste, fully functional basements that are for entertaining, and back patio areas for preparing meals. If you are in the upper echelon of society one can even build a home theater in their home, a bowling alley, or a ball room for entertaining guest.
Crafting a home makes us highly skilled, but does that equate into intellect. I believe that humans in whatever time period are only as smart as the top few percent in the past before that period. Meaning, the ingenuity of the average person today, is an accomplishment equal to that of the smartest people in the past. Only a few chosen percent of people on earth are what I describes as possessing intellectual capital. The majority of people on earth are end users. So, with that said, I don’t feel we are the most intellectual, but when it comes to survival of the fittest, we can’t be overcame through battle by any other plant or animal. I don’t think we are the most fit to survive as humans, but higher on the food chain in case of times of conflict. But still, none of these things are intellect driven actions.
Well, intellect is defined as the ability to learn and reason. Wait a minute, humans are not the only ones that can learn and reason. To learn is to acquire knowledge and to reason is to make sense of something. This means viruses, plants, and animals are intellectual . Viruses are intellectual such as AIDS which can learn, it adapts, it mutates. It may not seem like an intellectual being, but it is one of the most deadly viruses known to man with no cure. I wonder what do they think about the world around them. Meaning if our planet is what we live in, then our bodies are a world of its own to viruses. AIDS attacks the body with a vengeance until we die, and then there is nothing to host off of anymore. I would compare this relationship to locust, except locust move on to the next crop field, while the viruses die. In addition, viruses make rational decisions and are quite calculated. They are rational decision makers because they attack the cells of the body for themselves to thrive off of to live. This is quite rational, now on the other hand, calculated decision making is what viruses do as well. AIDS attacks red blood cells, sending a signal to bring white blood cells, then the AIDS virus obliterates both cells; weakening the immune system.
The virus example makes them very intellectual in their pursuit to survive. But plants and animals are intellectual as well. Plants think and learn in ways that enable them to thrive in their ecosystem. For example, trees catch fire; while we call it a tragedy, trees need to do this, which is natural. Sometimes they need to clear the area for new life to come about. Animals learn and think by way of experiences and natural occurrences as well. Animals gathering food and hibernating makes them more intellectual than us as humans. When we see them gathering food, it’s cute and amusing, but by gathering these eatables they are ahead of us. We don’t start preparing until winter is almost here.
I guess these are lessons to be learned. When we observe nature, to us they are the lesser, but in reality they are fast at work. Only in times when we are not productive do we take a moment to acknowledge these creatures at work. Or maybe it’s just me noticing these things in our natural world. Maybe I’m the only one studying, wondering, hoping these plants and animals think and learn the same as we do.