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The less testosterone molecules the more intelligent? The case of bonobo chimps

I have watched an animal documentary on the channel ARTE. There are two kinds of chimps community organization.  The regular chimps and the bonobo chimps. They looks somehow the same in size and facial looks, but are distinct in tribal behavior and individual behaviors.

The regular chimps, the most common communities, are patriarchal in association and the males conglomerate to “shoot the breeze”. The bonobo tribes are matriarchal. The females in bonobo tribes are frequently engaged in violent fights among one another. A female attacks the generally obedient male and targets his fingers, toes, or genital parts…The male is mostly isolated…

One of the physiological factors for differences and aggressive behaviors is that female testosterone level is the same as the male in the bonobo tribes.  The testosterone level in regular chimp male (patriarchal communities) is far superior than the one of the bonobo male…

The drastic advantage of a bonobo male is that he is far more intelligent than the regular male.  Trained bonobo males can “converse” with human and comprehend the language and demonstrate their knowledge.  How that?

The bonobo male has this facility of a wide range of pictures and symbols which he can press and emit the corresponding “vocal” or sound of the word.  For example, you call the bonobo from a supermarket and says: “Hi Bonobo. I am shopping. What do you like for dinner?”  The Bonobo presses what he wants such as M&M, banana, lasagna… and you can hear on the phone what he wants… Isn’t that conversing?

You tell Bonobo: “place the keys in the fridge…” and Bonobo executes your demand. The bonobo has learned your language. If his physical structure, vocal cords, permitted him to talk, he would be engaging in conversation…

Ironically, a priest was invited to give his opinion. For example: “Do you think Bonobo as a soul?”  Obviously, the priest is to respond: “Not exactly…”  That is the kind of futile discussions you engage in, where nothing can be defined, sensed, touched, and measured…

The question is: Is level of testosterone the cause for level of intelligence or just a symptom? The bonobo male has far more time to observe, contemplate, and think than the male sex active regular chimp, and he was not bothered by female bonobos for any kinds of protection watch-dog duties.  The bonobo brain had more opportunities to function and link with the environment and community than the other busy members of chimp community… What do you think?

In another documentary, a parrot was trained to perform as well as 3 and a half year-old kids. The kind of tests involve color, shape, material, and number of angles in various shapes…

Take dreams seriously or Don’t. The advantages are:

Mankind start dreaming in the last three months in the womb. During the day, what we think we saw, heard, touched, smelt…are categorized as conscious observations.  The vast majority of events and sensations are invariably registered and saved in the brain as “sensory observations”

The sensed observations are stored almost indefinitely in the brain. In dream periods, the brain exercises its own “rational logical” processing work in the form of telling a “story”. The brain tries to make sense of what it has stored in observations, conscious and sensorial, by developing a story.

The brain, very often, extract “facts” saved long time ago, as the story unfold and finds a need to insert long forgotten observations.  The brain has this main function of keeping a sense of continuity in our life so that we stay connected with our personal real world model as we perceive it…

We have this tendency of labelling “predictive power” or foreseeing incoming phenomena using the term “six sense”. Many take very seriously the connection of what was dreamt of and what occur during the next day.  The most plausible explanation is that, when we start taking dreams that seriously, we are tempted to watch out for events that corroborate our dreams. In a sense, we are “primed” and prompted to observe what others are not inclined to “see” or are willing to find links among observed phenomena.

Fact is, whatever happen during the day is basically random occurrences of events and sensations, except what we think we have some control over altering the course of events, and actually acting upon our convictions. Random events and sensations are happening all the time, whether we wish it or not.

Being pre-disposed to watch out for confirming events, we are at advantages to discriminating and “seeing” what common people are indifferent to see consciously. If we refuse to take our dreams seriously, we are adopting the situation of “what happen, happen”, “come what may”, “handle one situation as it comes”… and we are not affected by random events.

Taking things seriously, such as dreams or other mythical “knowledge” and superstitions, is hard work and very taxing to the nerves…But it has this advantage of keeping you on “your toes”, watching out for opportunities, alerting to conscious observations and connections.  We are prompted more than others “to see” and discriminate potential links among events and sensations: We are taking the habit of becoming more knowledgeable and connected to people and the environment around us.

Dreams might not have any relationship with next day events, most probably they have none, and yet, dreams are essential in our mental stability and re-organizing our perception of the world and life.  If we take seriously dreams for any other reasons than as essential for our well-being, such as having predictive values, I don’t see much harm in that belief, but a noticeable advantage


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