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Re: 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like Intelligence?'

From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 08:37:26 -0800 (PST)
Archived: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 09:37:26 -0500
Subject: Re: 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like Intelligence?'


>From: James Molesworth <jtmol1.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 11:37:27 +1100
>Subject: 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like Intelligence?'

>I've come across a very interesting magazine article regarding
>the likelihood of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence
>(entirely without any reference to any claimed evidence for the
>hypothesis, or course).

>The reference is:

>Lineweaver, Charles. 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like
>Intelligence?' in 'Australasian Science', Vol. 29, No. 1,
>(Jan./Feb. 2008), pp. 38-9.

>The magazine link:

http://www.australasianscience.com.au/

>I have been unable to find any public link to the full text, but
>have found a  a paper from which the article is derived - a .pdf
>at:

http://au.arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0711/0711.1751.pdf


My grattitude to you, Mr. Molesworth, for referencing this
article to our attention. Although I have no access to the
periodical in which it appears, I just read the paper from which
it is drawn, Paleontological Tests: Human-Like Intelligence is
Not a Convergent Feature of Evolution, by Charles H. Lineweaver.

Mr. Lineweaver draws his conclusions on fossil evidence and on
his firm rooting in the conventional view of that record. A
record, I dare say, that is oblivious to many, both
paleontological and archeological finds _not_ viewed as
conventional.

However, based on his firm footing in what he views as
absolutes, he still has the courage to broach the topic and to
begin discussion on what might very well become increasingly
significant to earth-based humanity in the years ahead.

It is understandable that this scientist would come slowly to
the mix. It is also, that he would take a stance that invited
reaction. I for one am going to respond and I suggest some
others might as well, not informally but in kind, with the same
regard for presentation he has shown.

We are not dealing with slight issue here. We are dealing with
something more even than the expanse of space; we are dealing
with the expanse of mind.

Can we approach this firmly rooted in absolutes or must we take
some leaps?

I would like to take the position we can't and have another take
its counter. Or others.


JCH




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