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Q: Pigs' IQ

May 20, 2010 | By Anonymous | 6 answers | Expired: 1420 days ago

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Today I was talking to a woman whom I've know for about two years and the topic of pigs came up. She said that "pigs on average are as smart as humans" which although I do know that pigs are smart they aren't that smart. I told her that I heard it was closer to a three year old human, and she got defensive. She said, "I've done research!" No offense to her intelligence but I'm pretty sure she didn't really research it and I think her claim is a bit off. Does anyone know what the actual comparison is for pigs vs. humans?

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Flower39
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Jun 02, 2010

i looked it up on wiki anwsers and it said pigs are actually smarter than humans but i dont kknow, from experiencce i had a pig that would play the piano for a strawberry

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Hedpig
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Jun 01, 2010

pigs have been rated at the approx intelligence of a 4 year old child

the scientific order of intelligence is as follows.
1st- homosapiens>humans
2nd- primates>monkeys
3rd-porpoise>dolphins
4th-swine>pigs

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Jillian
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May 21, 2010

pigs are one of the most intelligent animals, but i'd have to disagree w/them being smarter than humans. it's a hard topic to prove or disprove, but we still have the edge on problem solving skills, communication, and decision making requiring a mature conscience.

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Michele Z.
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May 21, 2010

Even the "experts" disagree on how to measure "intelligence"! I will say that I haven't seen any pigs writing about the intelligence of humans!!!

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Stephanie  C.
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May 20, 2010

I have heard the 3yo comparison for pigs as well. I have also heard the same thing for parrots. I would spend some time looking it up, just to be sure. Sorry I don't have any hard facts for you.

Good luck!

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Dolphswim
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May 20, 2010

It's really hard to answer that question because intelligence is relative. Who's to say what "intelligent" means? Generally, intelligence is based on the ability to learn through observation, the ability to have self-recognition (i.e. if you are looking in a mirror, you realize that it is yourself), and the ability to use tools. Pigs can do all of these things. I have met some pigs that are smarter than some people I have met (Haha), but the definition of intelligence depends on who you are talking to. It's all relative! :-)

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