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Old 12-02-2017, 11:26 AM
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They might chew your shoes, occasionally pee on the rug, or snarf down your entire dinner the minute you turn your head, but it turns out your family dog is measurably smarter than your cat.

Researchers at Vanderbilt decided to put the age old debate to the test objectively, studying the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of animals. The results? Canines had a significantly higher number than felines.

Dogs, it turns out, have about 530 million cortical neurons. Cats have less than half that, coming in with 250 million. (We humans have about 16 billion.)

"I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience," said Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology and biological sciences at Vanderbilt, who oversaw the study with a collection of international researchers.

The paper, which will be published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy (and almost certainly maligned on Reddit, the Internet's haven for cat lovers), notes that the physical size of the brain doesn't necessarily relate to overall intelligence. For example, researchers found that the brain of a brown bear, while 10 times as large as a cat's, has roughly the same number of neurons. (Raccoons, also, are on par with cats when it comes to smarts.)

Despite the findings, don't expect this argument to go away anytime soon. Herculano-Houzel herself admits that, while the study was objective, she herself does have a bit of a bias.

"I'm 100 percent a dog person," she says...
Which is smarter, cats or dogs? Dog brains have more cortical neurons - Business Insider

I personally think this is a theory...
Like gravity...


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I want to say it's about goals.

Dogs have evolved to essentially serve humans (figuratively speaking).
There's even an article (paraphrasing loosely from memory) that had a test and the dogs were held back from doing better on that specific test because they kept looking for human validation of their status / progress.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...6098220300263X (I'm referencing the second test.)

Cats on the other hand have evolved to get humans to serve them.
Goal achieved. Time for a nap...
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Dogs have evolved to essentially serve humans
We should put them in Congress...
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We should put them in Congress...
I beg to disagree.

Cats would serve us better, and more honestly in Congress.. I can bribe a dog to do most anything. One cannot get those results with a cat.

I have owned both and am currently under new management since the wife came home last summer with two "free Kittens"
BTW, there is no such thing as "free" kittens. The term is a complete ruse! Don't fall for it. Were it not for PetCo and the Vet, I would be making payments on a new sailboat.


BTW, my training is coming along just fine.
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Dogs, it turns out, have about 530 million cortical neurons. Cats have less than half that, coming in with 250 million. (We humans have about 16 billion.)
Can we euthanize any human with less 16 billion?
Kinda like euthanizing a sick dog or cat?
I'm tired of idiots voting.
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Can we euthanize any human with less 16 billion?
Kinda like euthanizing a sick dog or cat?
I'm tired of idiots voting.
That seems to be the only way to get rid of Trunp's base. Go for it.
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That seems to be the only way to get rid of Trunp's base. Go for it.
This isn't a political discussion.
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Cats.

That is all.

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Can we euthanize any human with less 16 billion?
Kinda like euthanizing a sick dog or cat?
I'm tired of idiots voting.
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This isn't a political discussion.
Cant take a joke huh? Note mine was the third reference in this thread about politics. The sensitivity is kinda funny.
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