From Dr. Jane Goodall's MasterClass

Animal Intelligence

Dr. Jane teaches you some of the incredible secrets she’s uncovered about the intelligence of the animal and plant kingdoms, from chimps to trees.

Topics include: Chimpanzees • Birds • N’kisi the Parrot • The Octopus • Bees• Trees & Plants

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Dr. Jane teaches you some of the incredible secrets she’s uncovered about the intelligence of the animal and plant kingdoms, from chimps to trees.

Topics include: Chimpanzees • Birds • N’kisi the Parrot • The Octopus • Bees• Trees & Plants

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If you look at what's been done with captive chimps in the field of intelligence, we have a whole other window into the chimpanzee mind. So they can be taught the signs of American Sign Language that's used by deaf people-- ASL. And they can learn 400 or more of those signs. And they can communicate, to some extent, with each other-- although usually it's with their teacher. Some chimpanzees-- not all-- love to paint. And this is in captivity, of course. And those chimps who've learned sign language will tell you what they painted. There's a very famous chimpanzee in Japan called Ai. And Ai learned so many things that she accomplished on a computer. And one of them-- imagine that you have a split screen on this side. You have numbers which appear randomly from 0 to 9. And, on the other side, there are 0-9 blank squares. And so Ai's task was to memorize the position of the randomly appearing numbers and then replicate that on this side. At the moment she pressed the first one-- 0-- that screen disappeared. And I've watched Ai several times. It's completely amazing how she remembers. And she enjoyed doing this so much, as soon as Matsuzawa called to her, she wanted to come and do this task. And she'd press these buttons. And if she made a mistake, the computer would make a kind of eh noise. If she did it right, she would get a little reward. If she made too many mistakes, at the end, she would sit there and beg to do the test again, even without getting any rewards-- simply so as not to make mistakes. And then she had a son, Ayumu. So the plan was, Ayumu wasn't going to be taught by humans. And so is Ayumu is just with his mother in the experiment room. Now Ayumu has become the equivalent of an enfant savant. And people have come from all over the world to try and beat him. He's got a photographic memory. So when you see the screen with numbers randomly from 0 to 9, by the time I found where 2 is, he's already started on the other side. And he never gets it wrong. He's just got this unbelievable photographic memory. So, you know, all the time, we're learning more and more different things about chimpanzee intellect. [MUSIC PLAYING] When parrot owners began talking about their birds, very often knowing exactly what the words they were using meant, and using them in the right context, science pooh-poohed it. Because the parrot brain is structured differently and, therefore, the birds are not capable of the kind of intellectual performances that mammals are. Well, this myth was broken by scientists studying crows in Oxford University in England. And they were studying two Caledonian crows, who were given a very simple task-- a glass tube with, I think it was a peanut at the bottom-- maybe a raisin, I'm not sure-- and a piece of wire with a sort of hook on the end. And they very quickly learned to push this down an...

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There is still a window of time. Nature can win if we give her a chance. In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You'll learn how to act locally and protect the planet.

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Thank you Dr. Jane Goodall. I find your work and message inspiring. I am thinking about making a series of lectures regarding the Colonias of Tijuana as well as asking our Nutritional Ecology teacher at the La Esperanza schools to learn/implement etc. your Roots and Shoots program.

Absolutely loved her graceful teaching method and the way she has so much hope in children. Truly inspiring lady.

Jane is best teacher as to how you get your positive message through.

I want to thank Jane Goodall for revealing her life's work, her passion and her wisdom with such grace and intelligence. She is truly an ambassador of the planet.

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A fellow student

Perhaps if humans could learn about how other species learn we could be better teachers.

Mary H.

Intelligent Corvid behavior even appears in Aesop's Fable's (circa 250 BC) . Read the "The Crow and the Pitcher." The crow drops pebbles in the pitcher to make the water level rise.

Mary H.

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Dave R.

Great lesson on animal intelligence, it is a privilege to listen to Dr Goodall's body of work.

Mary H.

Go, Crow Family! : ) See Magpie (foreground) & deer at Magdalen College in Oxford. https://www.facebook.com/MagdalenCollegeOxford/posts/2420648001296737

Mary H.

Here is my response to the Zoo Atlanta Orangutan Touch Screen (i.e., computers for apes). This behavior was touted during my teacher workshop at Zoo Atlanta https://zooatlanta.org/ but it is not naturalistic. No touch screens for orangutans! Gaming Apes Wow Zoogoers https://www.theage.com.au/technology/gaming-apes-wow-zoogoers-20070412-gdpwa5.html

Amy K.

I just looked up N'Kisi, and apparently they have been working on research on interspecies telepathy...I was shocked when I saw the video. Website on the N'Kisi project: https://www.sheldrake.org/research/animal-powers/the-nkisi-project Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaCts9aHks8 Since this was over 15 years ago, does anyone know of any update on this sort of research?

AnimalLover

I agree completely with the comment about human arrogance concerning intelligence. We evolved after a lot of these creatures which have been around for a long time, so it's obvious we've learnt it from somewhere. We owe them, not the other way around.

Svanfridur M.

Really, I don't understand how people still we are the only thinking, feeling, intelligent beings. It is so clear that there are others - we can see it every time a dog greets us at the door or a horse allows a little stick figure to ride it - and honestly, it shouldn't be surprising. Intelligence provides such a major evolutionary advantage that it allows us, weak and frail humans, to survive and become the dominant species on the planet. It would be absurd to think that others haven't struck such gold in the game of survival.

Kim B.

This class makes me feel so excited and moved really, because it confirms that animals are far smarter and far more feeling than humanity ever knew. Jane nails it when she says we have been so arrogant. This great and wonderful earth and all its beings have been misused and misunderstood by the vast majority of humanity. It heartens me so much that studies are being done and shared that will help raise respect for all life on earth. Jane said she wishes she were young to partake in all this. She can be proud (if that's the right word) - or gratified, that her life's work contributed so much to the shift in human thinking. My most fervent prayer is the transformation of humanity to be aware of the oneness we share, and of the deep respect that all life deserves, and all things for that matter, -- trees, rocks, everything. Mountaintop removal, dumping garbage into water and air, and all these things people do without a thought, will change when it dawns on us that whatever we harm is harming ourselves. I love Jane's teaching, so thankful for her beautiful life and the effect it is has had on us and those with whom we share this planet.