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November 28, 2005

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Paul Tomblin

Speaking of dolphins, check this article out:
http://www.collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/2005/11/dolphins_game_d.html
Dolphins are evidently pretty sophisticated players.

E J

So, tell me why are dolphins so cheerful ? Humans and chimps, probably the two other most intelligent species, are not known to be very cheerful. Humans and chimps (almost the same thing, genetically speaking) instead spend a great part of their time taking pleasure in other's misfortune, forming coalitions to keep others ostracized, cheating each other, beating each other up, going to war or simply torturing each other to death. So, why are dolphins different, it seems ? Or are they ? Are they nice to each other too (references to scientific studies would be appreciated)? Or are they only nice to humans because they consider us a sort of funny helpless puppy-dogs when we are in water ?

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