Can you imagine teaching trigonometry to a chimpanzee? No. Can you imagine teaching the multiplication table to a chimpanzee? They’re not gonna get it. Long division? OK. Yet that’s our closest relative. If that’s our closest relative and it can’t learn the times-table maybe the difference in our intelligence is not as big as we think. Let’s do the following experiment. Imagine a creature with the same increment in intelligence above us, that we are compared to the chimpanzee. The increment in intelligence would only be represented by a small difference in DNA but imagine that intelligence. That would be extraordinary. To them, their toddlers would be intuiting calculus while our toddlers are learning their ABCs watching Sesame Street. Calculus would be self-evident to their toddlers. By the time they’re in their teens they’d be looking at Isaac Newton and Galileo and Copernicus and Einstein as drooling fools the way we look at chimpanzees that have figured out how to put a stick in the termite mounds to pull out the termites.