Reigning: Cats & Dogs

The cover story of this week’s New Scientist is sure to vex millions of pet owners with Dogs vs. Cats: The Great Pet Showdown, ostensibly an objective comparison of the relative merits of the two contending pets. It is a predictably futile exercise, sure to generate more heat than light.

Inexplicably, the cover itself proclaims “Why Dogs are Smarter than Cats” despite the fact that the article itself gives the point in the “brain” category to cats, averring that “there is one anatomical measure that gives a pretty good indication of information processing capacity: the number of neurons in the cortex, or executive brain. Here cats trounce dogs, with 300 million neurons compared with a piddling 160 million.”

Whether you are a “dog person” or a “cat person,” prepare to be offended.

Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Aw look at those lovely pets sleeping 🙂

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