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King Scorchy
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If we just kept teaching them to communicate with humans as well as possible and making them learn to do things for themselves, wouldn't they evolve to match it?

Like, we can teach dogs to do all sorts of things - we could keep teaching them more and more advanced things until (over several generations) they become more intelligent and more adapted to human life.

Dogs could be walking about on their own, shopping for food and using mobile phones - I'm not joking when I say this - animals (including us) evolve as time goes on and adapt to what they need to do - so using evolution and the power of science (teaching dogs advanced intelligence to the best of our capabilities) we could teach them to become much more intelligent animals.

They could be walking about everywhere like people!
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(Original post by King Scorchy)
If we just kept teaching them to communicate with humans as well as possible and making them learn to do things for themselves, wouldn't they evolve to match it?

Like, we can teach dogs to do all sorts of things - we could keep teaching them more and more advanced things until (over several generations) they become more intelligent and more adapted to human life.

Dogs could be walking about on their own, shopping for food and using mobile phones - I'm not joking when I say this - animals (including us) evolve as time goes on and adapt to what they need to do - so using evolution and the power of science (teaching dogs advanced intelligence to the best of our capabilities) we could teach them to become much more intelligent animals.

They could be walking about everywhere like people!
Short answer is no.

Evolution takes place over millions of years, and comes about largely though mutation and selection. Even selective breeding would take a very very long time to see any changes in brain function. Humans are physiologically different to cats and dogs - we have different brains. Several generations would get no where near the required timescale to drastically evolve brain function.
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