Chimpanzees may have more smarts than humans, at least regarding short-term memories, new research suggests.
A Japanese researcher presented a video showing the remarkable abilities of a chimpanzee named Ayumu at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February of this year. When the numbers 1 through 9 appeared randomly on a screen and then disappeared, the chimpanzee was able to recall the exact sequence and location of each number. Ayumu has also learnt numbers 1 through 19 and is able to touch each one in ascending order, which hasn’t been shown before, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute, told LiveScience.
As Matsuzawa showed the video to a room of scientists and journalists, murmurs of amazement were heard. “Don’t worry, nobody can do it,” Matsuzawa said, with an almost mischievous smile. “It’s impossible for you.”
A select few humans have such abilities, but these are typically people with savant syndrome, which is accompanied by severe mental disabilities; it’s simply beyond the powers of an ordinary human, Matsuzawa said. On the other hand, six out of six chimpanzees tested could rapidly remember the location and order of nine digits, he said.
This incredible short-term (or “working”) memory helps chimpanzees survive in the wild, where they often must make rapid and complex decisions. Working memory is an active form of short-term memory, a mental workspace that allows the brain to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.
For chimps, the amazing working memory likely helps the animals navigate the branches of huge trees to feed, for example, or decide what to do when competing groups of animals are threatening one another, he said.
If ancient aliens visited Earth, what was their legacy, and did they leave behind clues that exist in plain sight such as sophisticated aircraft, complex electrical grids, and intricate construction machinery? Indian Sanskrit texts, dating back to 6000 B.C., describe in varying but vivid detail flying machines called Vimanas. Megalithic stone structures in Egypt reveal evidence of precision saw work. Interpretations of the Jewish Zohar writings offer depictions of a life-sustaining manna machine, eerily similar to chlorella algae processing systems today.
Are these examples of modern technology, or is there evidence that these incredible mechanisms existed on Earth thousands of years ago?
Nepalese teenage boy, Ram Bahadur Bomjan – is claiming to be the second coming of Buddha, meditating in public with no food or water for MONTHS at a time. The above documentary is fascinating – a glimpse into spirituality, meditation and the true power and strength of the mind.
The Rosetta Stone is an Ancient Egyptian artifact which was instrumental in advancing modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing. The stone is made up of three translations of a single passage: two in Egyptian language scripts (hieroglyphic and Demotic) and one in classical Greek. It was created in 196 BC, discovered by the French in 1799 at Rosetta and contributed greatly to the deciphering of the principles of hieroglyph writing in 1822 by the British scientist Thomas Young and the French scholar Jean-François Champollion.
The stone has been on public display at The British Museum since 1802.
Produced by American Dylan Avery, Loose Change is a series of incredibly controversial documentaries that have collated all the theories and evidence that the 2001 attacks in New York were arranged and executed by the US Government.
This first version of the documentary was produced by Avery on his own laptop when he was just 22 years old, and was heralded by Vanity Fair as being the first ever “Internet blockbuster” – having now attracted many millions of views.
Many years ago my grandmother bought me a copy of Erich Von Daniken’s incredible book, “Chariots of the Gods”. It’s a book that will never fail to provoke huge controversy and debates between all peoples – but to anyone with a love of the mysterious and of conspiracy theories, you cannot read it soon enough.
On a very basic level – the book argues, and with compelling evidence, that sophisticated civilisations have existed before us and that – according to Von Daniken – the evidence is all around us, right around the world, and dating back thousands of years. It’s a terrific little read.