Question by Gussie: How does science define “intelligence” with regard to animals or other organisms?
I’m sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but I wonder what constitutes “intelligence.” For example, it is said that bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics. Would this indicate some degree of intelligence? What about pets, like dogs and cats?

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Answer by ya7te7uja02
This article discusses animal intelligence: http://www.slate.com/id/2192211/

You will also find it interesting to read about Alex, the gray parrot: http://tinyurl.com/42l5fd

Basically, scientists do not agree on how to define or measure animal “intelligence.” Animals evolved to live in such different circumstances than people, that it is difficult to translate what we call “intelligence” to the animal model. The same would likely be true if we were ever to encounter outer space aliens.

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