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Cracked only offers comment voting to subscribing members. If you’re already an awesome Cracked subscriber, click here to login. Animals may be extremely well-organized and insanely ballsy, but we’ll always have one giant advantage over them: our intelligence. But thinking is what makes us human, and thinking means we’ll always be the ruling species on this planet, because the rest of those guys are really stupid. They’re just like shitty tape recorders.
Alex the Parrot was different, though: he could correctly identify 50 different shapes, recognize numbers up to six, distinguish seven colors, and understand qualities such as bigger, smaller, same, and different. He also inspired the cover art of a mid-70s prog rock album, judging by this image. Alex didn’t just associate a word with a specific object: he could generalize, which is usually something only humans can do. For example, when shown various keys, he could recognize that they were the same thing and even point out differences in size and color. If you still don’t think that’s impressive, take a look at this video of Alex interacting with his trainer, Dr. Holy shit, that bird behaves more like a human than half the people we saw on the subway this morning.
It’s almost like he stepped out of a Pixar movie. Irene was closing up the lab, Alex said goodbye by telling her to “be good. Irene replied by saying “I love you,” to which Alex answered, “I love you too. He then asked: “You’ll be in tomorrow?
Irene assured him that, yes, he’d see her tomorrow. The next morning, Alex was dead. There appears to be something in our eyes. You can say that he was just faking his banter and emotions through years and years of social repetition, but at what point can’t you say the same thing about humans? You only know to jokingly tell someone to “be good” when they head out for the night because you heard somebody else say it and remembered it. Pepperbeg has taught some of Alex’s tricks to other parrots, but so far none of them has displayed anything close to his freakish level of intelligence.