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Neil deGrasse Tyson Plays Around With a Super-Smart Dog

Neil deGrasse Tyson Plays Around With a Super-Smart Dog

It’s very easy to get aggravated with Neil deGrasse Tyson when he spends his Twitter time seemingly obsessed with the scientific inaccuracies of some of our favorite films like Star Wars (we know he’s just playing around, but still). Having said that, it’s also easy to be enthralled by him. Not many people are as passionate about something as he is about science. Watching him talk about it can suck you right in. Now, once you add an adorable dog into the mix, it makes it even easier. Add a SUPER SMART dog, and it becomes something wonderful.

In a video from PBS’ Nova, which we first saw over on Laughing Squid, Neil is shown interviewing the late professor John Pilley from Wofford College. His border collie, Chaser, is one of the smartest dogs we’ve ever seen. We’re talking Benji smart (Not sure if she was Krypto smart. They never really talked about how she is affected by Earth’s yellow sun). John had trained Chaser to remember the images and names of over 1000 different dolls. The typically skeptical Neil decided to put Chaser’s memory to the test, having her bring back random dolls of his choosing. He then took the experiment one step further by adding in a doll that Chaser had never seen or heard of before.

What you will witness in the above video is something amazing, as Chaser was able to find every single item that Neil called out for. Now, if we only knew how to train our own dogs (or cats) to find the remote, car keys, or anything that we lose on a daily basis.

You can check out more videos from NOVA on their YouTube channel here.

So what do you think? What would you train your pet to find with that much speed and accuracy? Let us know on Facebook or sound off in the comments below.

Image: PBS/NOVA

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