According to ABC News, researchers found that dogs have 530 million neurons in their cerebral cortex, while cats have only half that amount, or around 250 million.

If there is one fact that’s indisputable it’s that mankind loves to argue. If you find yourself disputing that broad statement you may have actually helped confirm my point.

There is no shortage of topics about which people love to debate.

With apologies to the makers of other brands of pickups, how long have people quibbled over whether a Ford or Chevy is better?

Here in the Midwest how often have you heard a “discussion” over the merits of the Cardinals versus the Cubs? Normally that bickering heats up between the months of April and October.

Arguments can arise over higher education institutions. That conversation could be based on which one provides a better education. Or it could hinge on which one has the better basketball team or football program.

Not to be lost in the higher education discussion is where one receives a better education at a major university or a small college.

A hot-button issue can frequently be religion, and I’m not just referring to radical fundamentalists who seem hell-bent on the use of violence to prove their devotion. Many a fine church has been divided by points of scripture interpretation. Sadly, proving equally divisive among some believers has been the color selection of new carpeting or curtains.

Another popular point of debate has been which makes a better pet a dog or cat. While the “better pet” conversation will no doubt continue there is scientific evidence which helps shed some light on the topic of whether felines or canines are more intelligent.

According to a study conducted at Vanderbilt University, it appears that dogs are smarter than cats, based on the number of cortical neurons that are found in their brains. Reportedly dogs possess nearly double the amount of neurons as cats.

According to ABC News, researchers found that dogs have 530 million neurons in their cerebral cortex, while cats have only half that amount, or around 250 million.

So what does that mean?

“Whatever species has the most neurons in the cerebral cortex is therefore expected to be capable of more complex and flexible behavior,” Suzana Herculano-Houzel, the Vanderbilt professor who developed the method for measuring neurons, told ABC News.

In case you’re wondering, dogs rank down the list of most intelligent animals. According to, out of the 15 smartest animals on the planet, dogs reportedly come in at number 13. The animals finishing ahead of dogs on the smart list are the orangutan, bottle-nosed dolphin, chimpanzee, elephant, crow, African grey parrot, pig, rat, squirrel, raccoon, veined octopus and pigeon, which are less than affectionately known as the “flying rat.” Sorry cat lovers, no felines made the cut.

Missing from the intelligence list is man, although that may be because it’s assumed that he is the smartest of all creatures. But on a case-by-case basis that doesn’t always seem to hold true. Consider the recent actions of one individual.

Shortly before Christmas this person, a psychologist for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, allegedly mailed a large, wrapped box filled with horse poo to the home of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. His actions were reportedly intended to serve as a political statement in response to President Trump’s tax plan.

Speaking with Southern California radio station KPCC, this protestor drew a shocking comparison for his actions, likening them to those of Jesus when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers.

Such actions and analogies lead me to conclude that maybe mankind is not the smartest of animals.

The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Courier-Post.