It’s A No-Brainer
As the stranger enters a country store, he spots a sign: “Danger! Beware of Dog!” Inside, he sees a harmless old hound asleep in the middle of the floor. “Is that the dog we’re supposed to beware of?” he asks the owner. “That’s him”. “He doesn’t look dangerous to me. Why would you post that sign?” “Before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him!”It’s an age-old question, which pet is smarter, cat or dog? Now science has come up with the answer. Dr. Suzanna Hounzel, Director of Psychology and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University has developed a method for accurately counting the number of neurons in animal’s brains. (Neurons are those “little grey cells” in the cerebral cortex that are the hallmark of intelligence). Professor Hounzel and her researchers tested the brains of eight animals: ferret, mongoose, raccoon, cat, dog, hyena, lion and bear. Their findings were then published in the Frontiers In Neuroanatomy Journal. And the result? Dogs (530 million neurons) are twice as smart as cats (250 million neurons). And note, brain size doesn’t determine neuron number. For instance, a bear’s brain is 10x the size of a cat’s brain, but they both have the same neuron number. And a raccoon has a cat-size brain, but dog number neurons. In comparison, humans have 16 billion neurons, making you 32x smarter than a dog and 64x smarter than a cat. Next? Researchers say they have no plans to compare neuron numbers between cat owners and dog owners!
Pastor’s Page addendum…
Adrian Frankllin, senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania School of Sociology and author of Animals and Modern Cultures, told the Sunday Tasmanian: “In the 1950s and ’60s dogs and cats were given ‘dog’ and ‘cat’ names. Cats called ‘Blackie’ or ‘’Patches’ and dogs called ‘Wolf’ or ‘Spot’ that illustrated their physical appearance. The 1970s and 1980s marked a turning point, with the ten most popular dog names all being comparable to human ones, but in the 1990s and 2000s this progressed even further. People are now giving animals the same names as contemporary names given to babies.” He speculates that as people have fewer children or no children at all, pets become even more important in their lives.
CATS & DOGS (TOP TEN NAMES 2017)