Be Less Stupid, Featured, Video — June 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Which Pet is Smarter? Dogs vs Cats (VIDEO)



Untold billions of dollars have been invested. Billions of man-hours have gone into its development. It consumes billions of hours of both time and thought. It features billions of miles of wire and billions of microprocessors.

Of course, I’m referring to Katherine Heigel’s career.

I’m kidding. It’s the internet.

And what is the internet’s primary directive? The seamless connection of the planet’s disparate 5 billion people? Disseminate information at near the speed of light? Repository of the world’s combined knowledge?

Fuck no!

Wet-CatThe internet’s primary purpose is to share pictures of cats who’ve fallen into the fish tank.

Or photos of dogs who – for reasons unknown – look cute inside a box.

2077408704_7d098b1d6eNo matter how advanced human society becomes, whether we travel by jet pack in the future, or are “de-materialized” and beamed across the galaxy, there is only one thing human kind will every really care about. And that’s this question:

“Who’s smarter? Dogs or cats?”

Want proof? There are 67 million stories that feature the words “dogs vs cats” when you search Google and there are 80 million YouTube videos featuring dogs or cats. Plus, in the venn diagram of people who own pets and people who have internet access the overlap is 100%.

To find out which pet is smarter, This vs That joined forces with the head of UCLA’s Animal Cognition Lab and conducted a series of dynamic and exciting experiments to determine dog’s and cat’s ability to:

  • Demonstrate empathy
  • Map human language
  • Learn from their own previous mistakes

Below, the first 10 minutes from This vs That’s Episode #6.

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