Wednesday, April 4, 2012

If Sasquatches Are So Smart, Then Why……?

 







By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.
 
 
 
If Sasquatches Are So Smart, Then Why……?
By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher

            Just how smart are the hairy ones? That’s a subject that invites a lot of debate. Some say that a number of animals display the same skills as a sasquatch, so they’re not necessarily super intelligent. Some say they must be pretty smart since they’ve managed to stay hidden from humans for thousands of years. And the debate rages on. But how can we fairly measure the intelligence of any creature?
            Someone once said, “If you judge a fish by how well it can climb trees, it’ll go through its entire life thinking it’s stupid.”
            We can’t measure the intelligence of a sasquatch by our own standards.  Just because we’ve conquered nature (we think) and civilized the wild world around us, doesn’t necessarily mean we have superior intelligence.
 Probably the best way to measure the intelligence of sasquatches is solely on their success as a species. How well is they’re able to survive and even thrive in they’re own world?  By this standard, they’re very intelligent, but yet, some would say not much more so than any other animals that still exist.
  Sasquatch’s ability to hide is legendary, but a lot of animals are able to hide very well and they have very specialized camouflage. So does superior hiding ability suggest super intelligence?
             Ongoing primate research suggests that the other primates we’re very familiar with are much smarter and even more human like than was originally believed. So why shouldn’t we believe the same about our big, hairy friends?
            But maybe the biggest question of all is: Why have humans forged civilizations and performed great engineering feats while sasquatches and other primates have not?  If sasquatches are more intelligent or even more humanlike than other lower primates like some believe, what would distinguish the difference between them and us?
            A group of researchers wanted to find out what stops other primates from developing human capabilities. So they tested chimps along with 3 and 4-year-old children together to find out if other primates have a “cumulative culture” besides humans. They were given puzzle boxes to solve that offered progressively better rewards at different stages of their progression.
            One chimp did reach the highest stage of progression, but the other chimps around him were not affected by this in any way and didn’t progress further like the first.  But all the children, of course, were very successful. Why? Because researchers found they worked together and shared what they learned along the way, while there was no interaction or collaboration among the chimps.
So we can only wonder if sasquatches work together and share information. We can never simply assume that sasquatches are anything like other primates at all. This only gives us a frame of reference.
But what really seems to set them apart from us is their perception rate.  They seem to perceive danger quicker than we do and they react with almost lightning speed.  It’s possible that, while humans are standing around wondering what they just saw, the sasquatch has made his quick escape leaving his counterparts bewildered.  And quite often, they don’t even move that fast, but the humans are still confused nonetheless. Humans are not able to process what they saw so quickly while the sasquatch has already processed it all and is on its way into the shadows. The human is still fumbling with the camera when the sasquatch is far away already and reduced to a blobsquatch on film.  We have thousands of those pictures and videos on record. So who’s the smart one now?
They are a very large animal in a world with very few animals of equal size. And they need to possess a keen intelligence to be able to eat, reproduce and keep their hulking bodies out of sight.  This is their brand of primal intelligence: quick wit, stealth, cunning, automatic and perhaps extreme mistrust of any new situation or experience, and keen observance of their world. We rarely see them, but we know they watch humans from behind the trees, and they probably are more familiar with our habits than we are with theirs.  They are well suited to living in their world; a world that includes us.
And that’s probably a good thing.
 It’s very possible that if they had always been easily seen throughout history, humans would’ve hunted them down and wiped them out purely out of fear very early on.  But sasquatches seem to know enough to hide from us, and that has helped them survive, while many other species’ have been nearly eradicated simply because they dared to show themselves.  
            They are said to hunt other large animals, and yet skillfully avoid being seen.  And they very curiously seem to avoid trail cameras. It’s almost as if they are suspicious of anything that doesn’t look natural, while other animals are more easily caught with any trap containing food.  
 Some say they use a kind of archaic language to communicate with each other. But do they have the ability to share information they’ve learned and articulate it to others like humans do? And if so, why have they not used that skill in the same way humans have?
            It could be that they’re simply not quite as intelligent as we are, or, maybe they’re really smart and they simply use those skills to tell each other to stay the heck away from humans, all their little electronic devices, and their entire way of life at all costs.
            But slowly the humans are getting smarter and more answers are coming. Hopefully soon. *********
[*TCC - Dorraine Fisher is a freelance writer and nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.]
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4 comments:

  1. Excellent piece, Dorriane!!! I think the same could be said about the octopus too!

    :D

    Thank you!!!

    ~JP

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  2. I think rather than try to find and track them like animals - because the presumption is that our 'prey' is less intelligent than we are - we should approach detection like trying to find an escaped fugitive hiding in the woods. I'm not saying they are more intelligent, just that their intelligence evolved for stealth. I think it's time to reach outside conventional thinking: maybe bring in some military strategists or game theorists - people trained to think differently and consider options most wouldn't.

    Just an interested friend

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  3. Like I've said before. Don't try to track them like you'd track an ape. They are a type of "people", not an "ape." Go looking for a type of people & you'll be surprised at what you find. You first have to figure out what type of "people" they are. Good luck & let us know how that goes.

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