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21236"The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken," Scientific American

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    Jan 30, 2014
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      30 January 2014

      "The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken," Scientific American

      Feb 1, 2014 | By Carolynn L. Smith and Sarah L. Zielinski

      "Mounting evidence indicates that the common chicken is much smarter than it has
      been given credit for.

      The birds are cunning, devious and capable of empathy. And they have
      sophisticated communication skills.

      That chickens are so brainy hints that such intelligence is more common in the
      animal kingdom than once thought.

      This emerging picture of the chicken mind also has ethical implications for how
      society treats farmed birds."

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      The coauthor of this article, Carolynn L Smith, published a paper in Between the
      Species, August 2012, titled "The Chicken Challenge," which is available for
      free download at:
      This paper summarizes:

      The science outlined in this paper challenges common thinking about chickens.
      Chickens are not mere automata; instead they have been shown to possess
      sophisticated cognitive abilities. Their communication is not simply reflexive,
      but is responsive to relevant social and environmental factors. Chickens
      demonstrate an awareness of themselves as separate from others; can recognize
      particular individuals and appreciate their standing with respect to those
      individuals; and show an awareness of the attentional states of their fellow
      fowl. Further, chickens have been shown to engage in reasoning through
      performing abstract and social transitive inferences. This growing body of
      scientific data could inform a rethinking about the treatment of these animals.
      (pp. 89-90)


      Carolynn L. Smith and Jane Johnson. Aug. 2012. The Chicken Challenge: What
      Contemporary Studies of Fowl Mean for Science and Ethics. Between the Species
      15(1): 75-102.

      To learn more about the startling intelligence and sensitivity of chickens,
      see Thinking Like a Chicken at:

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