IQ for dinner
October 7, 2007
Noah had no choice. He was ordered to take everyone along, leave no one behind, intelligent and dumb birds alike. I’m talking about parrots and chickens. Intelligent birds like N’kisi, with a 700+ words vocabulary, get names and front page, dumb birds get eaten; one very good reason to develop intelligence.
Procreation will get you born but intelligence will help to keep you alive. The odds for parrots to outlive chickens are overwhelmingly in favor of parrots. You do not see many parrots on frying pans or stuffed in an oven. Imagine your food saying one last goodbye or asking for one last wish, you would have to be very hard hearted to keep your appetite.
In terms of SURVIVAL, dumb birds fare statistically worse than their intelligent peers. 100 in 100 KFC restaurants have chicken on the menu. Good business practice lets offer follow demand and there is obviously a high demand for dumb birds, you find KFC everywhere.
As to the client there is no research at the moment to establish whether this fact is related to his/her respect for intelligence or the better legal protection intelligent birds like parrots enjoy over chickens.
Bottom line: Articulate birds with a rank on the IQ ladder are less likely to end up on a dinner plate than ovulating plumes with scarce to absent communication skills.