Thursday, August 24, 2006

Smarter than the average bear

Bruce Schneier discusses the security issues related to bears in national parks, and quotes a park ranger:

There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists.

"Dumbest" is perhaps unfair. As Scheier explains, the problem isn't dumb people, because even the dumbest person is smarter than bears, but that people are impatient, while even the dumbest bear is tenacious enough to spend hours solving a problem.

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