New research over many species
The Rabbis identify humans as creatures that speak. But lately, we seem not the only species that does. And I’m not talking about extra-terrestrials.
Bees have been known for a long time to waggle dance to communicate to their fellows where (distance and direction) they found nectar. However, amazing as that is, their vocabulary is not spectacular.
Bat’s airwaves do more than navigation in the dark (radar). Turns out they not only talk but also argue a lot, and it’s often personal what they say. The females can locate their babies via sound among millions of bats in a colony, and they’d better because they’re mammals and must breastfeed.
Amazingly, just discovered, plants talk and as loud as humans do but at a frequency we can’t hear. They are rather quiet when they’re fine, but when they’re wounded or dehydrated they squeak like popping popcorn. The voice of one type of plant also differs from the next. So, are defensive meat eaters right, after all, when they say to vegans: ‘But you kill lattice’?
Talking about talking, excuses for the terrible spoken English in the clip.
Chimpanzees have a primitive language with syntax and don’t just scream.
(Dr. William Lane Craig is a supremacist philosopher and not a biologist.)
Surprise. A creature with a third of the brain size of modern humans seems to have communicated very similarly to our speech. Humbling.
The most important thing is not how but what you communicate/think.
AI has an enormous vocabulary. Unfortunately, or fortunately, a parrot is more intelligent. AI is neither. It just strings words as it sees has been done but understands nothing. If a record player can’t talk, neither can AI. But in a world already run by the fake and phony, amoral AI could really do harm.
I think the Sages’ observation still stands that humans are the talkers par excellence. But also, we should ask if all life forms really are so different. What does it mean ethically to us pruning and harvesting that tomato plants scream when in pain? Not the same as an animal but still.