If we just look into two fields of human history, I think we are not clever than a lab or forest monkey. These fields are chess and world peace. Let’s look that fields briefly.
Chess: We played SP#518 for centuries, and we ignored other 959 starting positions completely.
World peace: A 2014 report published in the journal Earth’s Future found that even a regional war of 100 nuclear detonations would produce 5 teragrams of black soot (that’s 5,000,000,000 kg!) that would rise up to Earth’s stratosphere and block sunlight. This would produce a sudden drop in global temperatures that could last longer than 25 years and temporarily destroy much of the Earth’s protective ozone layer. This could also cause as much as an 80% increase in UV radiation on Earth’s surface and destroy both land and sea-based ecosystems, potentially leading to global nuclear famine.
Michael Mills, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and the study’s lead author, summarized it best: “In the 1980s, we learned that global thermonuclear war could render the planet close to uninhabitable. Now, we know that even [regional] nuclear war can cause great suffering worldwide, with potential for a lot of people to die from starvation in regions very far from a conflict.”
So, are we clever than a lab or forest monkey if we count above two fields of human journey: chess and world peace?
In other words, if chess and world peace depends on monkey intelligence instead of human intelligence, would we return back to real chess and would we live in a safer world without nuclear weapons? Just askin’ don’t take it too seriously.