Baboons Learn To Read - Sort Of

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. pspr

    pspr

    Dan the baboon sits in front of a computer screen. The letters BRRU pop up. With a quick and almost dismissive tap, the monkey signals it is not a word. Correct. Next comes, ITCS. Again, not a word. Finally KITE comes up.

    He pauses and hits a green oval to show it is a word. In the space of just a few seconds, Dan has demonstrated a mastery of what some experts say is a form of pre-reading and walks away rewarded with a treat of dried wheat.

    Dan is part of new research that shows baboons are able to pick up the first step in reading -- identifying recurring patterns and determining which four-letter combinations are words and which are just gobbledygook.
    It's still a far cry from real reading. They don't understand what these words mean, and are just breaking them down into parts, said Grainger, a cognitive psychologist at the Aix-Marseille University in France.

    This raises interesting questions about how the complex primate mind works without language or what we think of as language, Hopkins said. While we use language to solve problems in our heads, such as deciphering words, it seems that baboons use a "remarkably sophisticated" method to attack problems without language, he said.

    Key to the success of the experiment was a change in the testing technique, the researchers said. The baboons weren't put in the computer stations and forced to take the test. Instead, they could choose when they wanted to work, going to one of the 10 computer booths at any time, even in the middle of the night.

    The most ambitious baboons test 3,000 times a day; the laziest only 400.


    This baboon just learned how to smoke ganja.

    <img src="http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2012/4/9/47f09649-0fdc-49c2-a181-356ec050f4a1.jpg">
     
  2. Banjo

    Banjo

    If you've been reading ET long enough you know some of them can even type. Some primates will always opt for laziness and ganja if they have somebody feeding them, providing shelter and cleaning up after them. What's to lose if it's on the lab's dime and the rest of the family is relaxing. We should investigate this phenomena further. Sacre blue, this experiment is already going on across the pond in America, we should move our lab over there.
     
  3. Lucrum

    Lucrum

    <img src="http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2012/4/9/47f09649-0fdc-49c2-a181-356ec050f4a1.jpg">


    This actually reminds me of someone.
     
  4. I'm sure I don't need to mention who ,:D :D
     
  5. South Korea said it will shoot down the north koran rocket is the north makes a launch. South Korea is known for a lot of talk, and no action.

    Let's see if they will attempt to stop the launch, but I would bet that they are just bluffers.
     
  6. Lucrum

    Lucrum

    This is a baboon thread dumb ass.
     
  7. pspr

    pspr

    What??!! You're kidding, right? :)
     
  8. Looks like one of the baboons skipped the reading lessons and went straight to typing.
     
  9. pspr

    pspr

    LMAO :D :D :D
     
  10. Sorry, but I believe the picture of the smoking subject above is an orangutan, not a baboon.

    Reasons:
    - orange hair
    - long fingers (baboons have stubbier fingers that are a compromise of running on all fours against picking seeds and grooming other baboons)
    - baboons have a long snout
    - orangutans have bigger eyes

    baboon:
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    Note the stubby forefingers.

    orangutan:
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    Note the longer fingers, more like the smoking subject in the portrait above. This is an image of Clyde (Manis) from a Clint Eastwood movie in 1978.
     
    #10     Apr 12, 2012