Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge to solve problems and avoid danger. For people, wisdom means using the power of discussion. Does this also apply to animals?
For example, cats are known to open doors by moving a lock. Is this proof of your reasoning for solving a problem? See the results of some scientific experiments.
A researcher placed a cat in a cage with a door that could be opened by moving a lock. He ran his hand over the cage's poles, pressed one of the cat's paws against the latch and opened the door. When the door opened, he gave the animal a piece of fish. Despite the scientists' repeated efforts to teach the cat to open the door in this way, the animal never learned how to do it.
The researcher then placed several cats in the cage. The animals tried everything to get out. They itch, itch and chew around the cage. Over time and through trial and error, they managed to move the lock. But when they returned to the cage, the cats again used trial and error. Although they were skilled enough to escape from prison, they obviously could not find the solution.
How about animals like chimpanzees? They can be trained to sit at the table, eat with knives, spoons and forks, cycle and perform various other human activities. Doesn't that mean they have thinking skills as human beings? To answer that question, we can examine the results of a series of experiments performed on chimpanzees.
A banana was placed outside the cage, out of reach of a female chimpanzee. There were matches in the cage with which the fruit could be reached. Did the chimpanzee feel the desperation to get the banana without using any of the sticks? No. He tried in vain to reach the fruit with his arms. Finally, he used a stick to get the fruit to her. Faced with the same situation later, the chimpanzee ignored the team again.
Another chimpanzee did the same when he saw a banana hanging over him. Although a box was available to stand on, the chimpanzee tried unsuccessfully to jump on the fruit. Then he noticed the box. Despite previous experience with the boxes, he did not move them directly under the banana. He just pressed the box against the banana and jumped out to get the fruit.
In another experiment, a chimpanzee used two boxes and stacked them to reach the banana. When it was still not possible to have the banana in his hand, he took the box from below and tried to place it on top of the other box.
These experiments and the like have shown that chimpanzees differ greatly in their ability to solve problems and cannot argue as humans.
Apparently animals learn through trial and error, instead of drawing logical conclusions from the experiment. This is well illustrated by what can happen to a dog. The animal can pass through a certain angle. Suddenly, a larger dog can jump on it and seriously injure it. Therefore, the animal can do anything to avoid passing the corner where it had a bad experience, even if the large dog does not live in that area. Even if the dog has learned something from what happened, he can not argue that the wedge itself has nothing to do with the unfortunate accident .
Instinctive wisdom and accumulated experience
Although animals cannot argue like humans do, they have all the skills to support their species. This is ingrained in them like an instinct. Often your instinctive wisdom is amazing.
An interesting example is the emperor penguin, which mates in the colder parts of the world during the dark season. When the female lays the egg, she gives it to her friend. The egg then rests on its floating feet, which are rich in blood vessels and can therefore keep you warm below. A leather or pocket fold fits exactly into the egg and keeps it warm on the top. After a “ritual” farewell ceremony, the female leaves. At this point, the male has not eaten for about a month and must endure another two months without food in temperatures up to 85 ° C (minus 65 ° C) and severe blizzards. How do male penguins survive? Every time a storm hits, five to six hundred of them form a solid circle. Penguins hardest hit by the wind move to the sheltered side, and those that have been temporarily sheltered experience the worst snowstorm. It is through mutual cooperation, derived from instinctive wisdom, that male penguins are kept alive.
In addition to instinct, many animals have the ability to learn a lot from experience. As a result, they seem to reflect human reason, logic, and emotions very well as seen through the eyes of men and women. Since we look at animal behavior while looking at human actions under similar circumstances, many people attribute human emotions to human emotions.
Of course, animals have emotions. The Creator took this into account when specifying specific laws for human leadership.
Although it is noted that animals have feelings, the Bible clearly shows that only humans were created in the image of the Creator. Therefore, man has qualities which are lacking in animal creation, and therefore gratitude, sympathy, and similar human qualities cannot be found in animals. Animals in the zoo can feed with outstretched hands. Their behavior shows that they feel no gratitude or appreciation. The alarming cries of a chicken have nothing to do with the wolf starting to devour the bird by the tail. He never claimed that it would have been more compassionate to bite your head first and then exclude him from his misery. For the wolf, the chicken is only food. No matter how affectionate an animal may seem, you cannot understand what the loss of a close friend or family member can mean to a human.