Have you ever noticed how much “civilization” is organized around our assumptions about intelligence? The less intelligence we assign a creature, the more we disregard its interests and well-being.

Take the beautiful goo in the following photo. Of course, it won’t be solving maze puzzles any time soon. Or will it?

First a bit of fun in a thought experiment: if a pulsating wad of goo called slime mold can solve a maze, should we consider it “smart?”

The insights in the video-share we are pointing you to today from one of EWC’s favorite Youtube channels, It’s Okay To Be Smart, are absolutely amazing.

Take a look…

Smarts beyond slime mold!

Now, what are we to think of the intelligence of a chicken, an apple tree or a tadpole!

What if measuring “intelligence” depends on nothing more than the litmus test you choose? Maybe the insight won’t  have us watching what we say in front of our houseplants or moving earthworms from the wet driveway, but it does suggest we can appreciate the wonder of all life.

Even the most humble life forms might have many things to teach us.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “Are You Smarter Than A Slime Mold?” Youtube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 19 Apr. 2016. Web. 6 Oct. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8HEDqoTPgk>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.