Homo sapiens are the great Communicators. That’s what apparently makes us more advanced than all the other animal species on Earth—we can talk, write, sing, dance and draw pictures to describe what we are trying to say. And we can conjure up a plethora of technological and physical aids to help us.
So one might say it’s ironic that, of all the animal species, we suffer the most from misunderstanding and lack of communication. Other animals may have what we call simple, primitive communication tools, but they never pick up the wrong end of the stick. When a group of meerkats spies an approaching predator and starts screeching and jittering around, old mate foraging on his own down the hill doesn’t just roll his eyes and mutter ‘Women!’ under his breath, he hightails it out of there. Continue reading