Dolphins are clever. Like, really damn clever. Sure, they don’t have hands as we do, because hands are not useful underwater, and they didn’t discover fire, because, guess what? There is no fire under the sea.
But they have language. They can coordinate, and work in team developing strategies, and understand what tamers tell them and the syntax they use, and even recognize themselves in a mirror and measure the degree of certainty they have, according to this lovely video and this lovely explanation.
Naturally, this has made me wonder many things. Obviously, they have no science (no hands, remember?), but, do dolphins have a philosophy?
We’ll need to understand their language to know it. And I don’t think they have written a Rosetta stone for us (Because no hands), so we’ll have to figure it out. And to do so, we’ll have to see whether they have many languages or it’s just a code of clics that comes with their genes, like our facial expressions.
Jesus, maybe some scientists have been studying French dolphins and others, Chinese! There’s no way we get to speak Dolphin if each one studies a different language!
Imagine discussing about life and epistemology with a dolphin.
Can we play chess with an octopus? How can we teach them to play?
I googled it, and there are no chess-playing octopuses. However, Kasparov had something called “The Octopus Knight”. I’ll check it later.
I want to debate with a dolphin. Please, marine biologists, make that possible. It’s your job, after all.