...a dolphin might be expected to recognize its name if called by its mother, but the new study found most dolphins recognized names -- their signature whistles -- even when emitted without inflection or other vocal cues.
More than that, two dolphins may refer to a third by the third animal's name, said Laela Sayigh, one of three authors of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dolphins have specific names for each other and refer to other dolphins in the third person with very specific sounds. Is it possible that they have even greater communication depth than this?
In fact, the more we learn about dolphins, the smaller we perceive the gap to be between our intelligence and theirs. Some people even argue that a dolphin has cognitive capability equal to or greater than that of a human.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, dolphins are smart. So what?"
Well, what about the afterlife? Do dolphins have souls? Do dolphins go to heaven or hell? Do they get reincarnated?
Are dolphins saved by Jesus? Are dolphins Kafir? Do dolphins have any hope of achieving nirvana (or maybe they already have)? Can dolphins drink the poison Kool-Aid and hop aboard the UFO that's following Hale-Bopp? Can dolphins reach OT-8?
Giving humans unique afterlife or soul status from some special pleading argument is the height of idiocy and small-minded arrogance. Either that, or it’s flat out intellectual dishonesty. Because as I argued before, if one life form gets afterlife status, then all life forms should get it. But giving all life forms afterlife status makes the concept of an eternal soul seem much more silly, and even most pro-afterlifers (perhaps subconsciously) don't seem too comfortable with the idea of all life forms having eternal souls.
It is much easier for most pro-afterlifers to believe that "lower" life forms (read: non-human) don't have eternal souls that survive bodily death. Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely, it is much harder for them to believe the same thing about the species they belong to: Homo sapiens.