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Old 10-04-2017, 12:01 AM   #35
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Default Re: How much smarter would you need to make a horse so to pull your wagon undirected?

Originally Posted by ericthered View Post
It appears that all a current horse really needs to take you where-ever you tell it is the ability to understand you telling it to go places, and all that lacks is language.
It would likely need an increased ability to apply abstract concepts to locations, or you would need to find ways to communicate with it in a highly non-abstract sense. "Barber shop" seems like a pretty simple concept, but to my horse it is something like "place I come out of looking slightly different."

Though I guess you could argue that the ability to apply such abstract concepts basically is language.
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