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Darwin Correspondence Project

From G. J. Romanes   7 March 1881

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Summary

Responds to MS of Earthworms. An objective but arbitrary test of intelligence in animals is the ability to learn from experience. Earthworms fall on the border of intelligence. They could justly be called intelligent if they could learn by experience to manipulate some unknown, exotic leaf. CD should make clear that intelligence does not imply self-consciousness.

Summary

Responds to MS of Earthworms. An objective but arbitrary test of intelligence in animals is the ability to learn from experience. Earthworms fall on the border of intelligence. They could justly be called intelligent if they could learn by experience to manipulate some unknown, exotic leaf. CD should make clear that intelligence does not imply self-consciousness.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-13077
From
George John Romanes
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Cornwall Park, 18
Source of text
DAR 176: 216
Physical description
8pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13077,” accessed on 23 March 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-13077

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