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Reasonableman

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They're getting smarter...
« on: July 05, 2008, 12:27:51 pm »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2246645/Pictures-of-the-day-4-July-2008.html

It's only a matter of time, people. Start building your fallout shelters now.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008, 12:58:38 pm »

Okay, that's just flat-out amazing.  Pictures like that are our link to the very earliest history of out own species.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008, 01:31:54 pm »

I'm preeeeetty sure he's being directed somehow. Still impressive.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2008, 01:32:27 pm »

What if they (the cave drawings) were actually drawn by mammoths? It would make sense if they weren't pictures of humans gloriously slaughtering mammoths, but instead pictures of grievous losses the mammoths suffered to wild human tribes.

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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2008, 01:35:42 pm »

This is one of a couple elephant-painting threads on here...  I guess we've got a few people watching sites like this.

Anyways, yes, the elephants are being directed.  They are trained to outline and fill in specific pictures, and there is always a trainer standing by and directing them when needed.

They're also there to hand the paintbrushes to the elephants, because they apparently have trouble doing that on their own.


Still though, quite impressive.

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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2008, 02:15:21 pm »

What if they (the cave drawings) were actually drawn by mammoths? It would make sense if they weren't pictures of humans gloriously slaughtering mammoths, but instead pictures of grievous losses the mammoths suffered to wild human tribes.

Wow.

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Mammoth Fortress.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2008, 02:31:39 pm »

That would certainly eliminate the "farming is too easy" issue.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2008, 05:09:24 pm »

oh my word. thats impossible. i bet its some guy in a really big suit.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2008, 05:14:24 pm »

oh my word. thats impossible. i bet its some guy in a really big suit.

Are you serious?
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2008, 05:21:24 pm »

What I wonder is if they can tell that the picture depicts an elephant, or if it's just meaningless to them.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2008, 06:23:48 pm »

If they've been trained... probably not, alas.  If they did it would probably be a massive discovery.
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2008, 07:09:29 pm »

If they've been trained... probably not, alas.  If they did it would probably be a massive discovery.

Hehe, imagine the elephants planning war strategies with a bunch of paints.
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Re: They're getting smarter...
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2008, 08:41:48 pm »

That's what their more abstract paintings mean! Don't you see it? They're trying to lull us into a state of complacency by trading paintings of their people for food. But once they've developed their own agriculture...
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