What’s New Pussycat

Viewed a fascinating video on the “Map of Mathematics” today which outlined how the multitudinous fields of mathematics all fit together like a giant jig saw puzzle. It is always difficult for school age kids to understand how pure mathematics have any relevance to reality. The video provides the connection between pure and applied mathematics.

One of the claims in the video is that some animals can count. They did not mention specifically which animals can count, but I have always heard that some animals are smarter than others. One would think that dogs are smarter than cats, since they have bigger brains and are far more trainable. However, cats are far more independent and seem to have a hidden narcissistic agenda. For example, they seemingly feign affection, since the outcome of all interactions appears to be more nummies in their gullet.

On the other hand, I may be a victim of anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. But I digress.

To test the hypothesis that cats can count, I placed 2 puddy tat nummies in one pile and 3 in another pile and unleashed our two cats. Each cat went to the closest pile, no matter if there were 2 or 3. I performed this multiple times just to be sure. So either cats can’t count, or they have already seen the “Map of Mathematics” video and are just fucking with me.

My conclusion is that cats are smarter than humans.