Baboons Can Read; 'Planet Of The Apes' Imminent?
via Associated Press:
Baboons are developing the ability to read? Well, of course they are. How else do you account for the popularity of Twilight?
Kidding. Baboons can't actually read. But according to a new study, they can differentiate between random combinations of letters, and actual words--which means "reading's early steps are far more instinctive than scientists first thought."
More, from the Associated Press:
It's still a far cry from real reading. They don't understand what these words mean, and are just breaking them down into parts, said Grainger, a cognitive psychologist at the Aix-Marseille University in France.
In 300,000 tests, the six baboons distinguished between real and fake words about three-out-of-four times, according to the study published in Thursday's journal Science.
Thanks, science. It's only a matter of time now. I, for one, welcome our new monkey overlords.
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