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Potato Intelligence: scientific study

The Intellectual Reasoning Capacity of Potatoes: a study in Cognitive Abilities and Logical Reasoning. ©2023. Prof. Finnegan Frymore. Institute of Tuberosity: Dublin University of Culinary Sciences.


The absence of brains in potatoes was conclusively established in the 1954 Oxford University research paper, Logical Reasoning: Potatoes and Tubas.

The term "brains" refers to an organ found in the heads of certain animals, including humans, that is responsible for processing information and controlling bodily functions. Potatoes, it was discovered, do not possess this organ and, therefore, cannot be said to have brains, or intelligence, in the traditional sense.

However, contrary to prior conclusions, it is essential to note that the absence of brains does not mean potatoes are devoid of all cognitive abilities.


Our study aimed to investigate the cognitive abilities and logical reasoning of potatoes, with the objective of shedding light on the intellectual potential of these humble tubers. Through a series of comprehensive experiments and meticulous observations, we explored the cognitive landscape of potatoes, challenging prevailing assumptions about their intellectual limitations.


A diverse sample of potato varieties, including Russet, Yukon Gold, and Red Bliss, were selected for the study. The potatoes were carefully cultivated in controlled greenhouse conditions to ensure uniformity. A multi-faceted approach was employed to evaluate their cognitive abilities. This included puzzle-solving tasks, maze navigation exercises, object recognition tests, and observational assessments of their responses to various stimuli.


Our study unearthed a fascinating phenomenon dubbed "taterlogical reasoning." This groundbreaking concept suggests that potatoes possess an innate ability to ponder complex philosophical questions, such as "Why do many humans fry us instead of baking us?" and "What is the meaning of mashing?" While we were unable to decipher their answers, the contemplative expressions on their skins hinted at an intellectual depth far beyond our expectations.

The results of our study not only demonstrated the cognitive abilities of potatoes in solving puzzles but also shed light on their unique communication methods. In the puzzle-solving tasks, potatoes exhibited a remarkable aptitude for problem-solving. They displayed the ability to analyze the puzzle's structure and devise creative strategies to reach a solution. While their problem-solving speed may not rival that of humans, their consistent success in solving the puzzles demonstrated a level of cognitive competence.

Moreover, our observations revealed an intriguing aspect of potato communication. Potatoes employed chemical signals to communicate important information within their underground community. Through the release and detection of specific chemical compounds, they conveyed messages related to potential threats, resource availability, and even communal activities. This form of communication underscores the sophistication of their social interactions and highlights their ability to convey meaningful information despite the absence of verbal language.


While they may not engage in eloquent conversations or express their feelings through art or poetry, potatoes communicate through a fascinating chemical language. They release compounds that convey important information to their fellow tubers, whether it be a warning about a nearby digging implement or the horrors of a mashed potato dish.

In addition to our own investigations, farmers have noted that potatoes adapt to their surroundings, suggesting that they possess a level of cognitive flexibility.

It has also been reported that potatoes can thrive in a multitude of environments, from the fertile soils of farmlands to the cozy darkness of a pantry. This adaptability is a testament to their cognitive flexibility, as they can adjust their growth patterns and physiological processes to suit their surroundings.

In the context of human intelligence, it is important to note that potatoes may not possess a higher IQ than high-functioning individuals in our community. However, our study suggests that potatoes exhibit certain cognitive advantages over humans in specific domains. Notably, potatoes demonstrated a notable resistance to falling for conspiracy stories and a reduced susceptibility to misinformation prevalent on social media platforms.

While humans are often susceptible to cognitive biases and easily swayed by misinformation, potatoes appear impervious to such pitfalls. This unique characteristic suggests that potatoes possess a degree of discernment and critical thinking that could serve as a valuable lesson for our own society.

Conclusion Our study provides empirical evidence of the cognitive abilities and unique communication methods of potatoes. Their aptitude for puzzle-solving and utilisation of chemical signals for communication highlight their remarkable adaptability and social intelligence.

We hypothesise that this intellectual reasoning in potatoes is likely influenced by their exposure to academic environments. The presence of books, particularly those on culinary arts and philosophy, within potato storage areas may contribute to their enhanced cognitive abilities. Additionally, it is not far-fetched to consider the influence of potato peers and the exchange of complex ideas during their underground gatherings.

Potatoes' inherent resistance to falling for conspiracy stories and misinformation signifies a degree of cognitive discernment that may be instructive for our own society.

The capacity of potatoes to solve problems, adapt to their environment, and engage in rudimentary communication indicates a level of intelligence that merits further investigation.

As we delve deeper into understanding vegetable cognition, additional research will present intriguing opportunities to explore and learn from the cognitive abilities of non-animal organisms, ultimately inspiring us to reevaluate our own intellectual capacities and biases.

Furthermore, understanding the mechanisms behind potato cognition could potentially inform fields such as artificial intelligence and distributed computing systems.


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