The Intersection

Maybe Doug Adams Was Wrong?

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.

Douglas Adams



  1. #1 Moopheus
    November 29, 2007

    That cartoon reminds me of one of the more disturbing manuscripts ever to cross my desk, by a man who had a real thing for dolphins, with graphic descriptions of how he consummated his, uh, relationships, with the dolphins. Apparently intelligence is not their only endowment by nature. As far as I know, the book never got published.

  2. #2 Pi Guy
    November 29, 2007

    So long and thanks for all the fish!

  3. #3 Philip H.
    November 30, 2007

    Miss Sheril,
    A couple of key points –

    1) Douglas Adams is really one of the 20th Century’s best philosophers. He should eb required reading.

    2) As you well know cats would probably wrestle dolphins any day for the title of most intelligent life on Earth. After all, they enmass significant staff resources (consisting of willing humans) to care for their every whim – and we do it fo rthe mere price of a purr. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

  4. #4 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    November 30, 2007

    Actually Mister Philip, your consideration more makes me wonder why you aren’t blogging…

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