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

From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 07:19:05 -0800 (PST)
Archived: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:12:11 -0500
Subject: Re: 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like Intelligence?'

>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 10:12:42 -0800
>Subject: Re: 'Why Would ET Evolve Human-Like Intelligence?'

>Hi James,

>I think the mistake here is regarding 'intelligence' as the
>benchmark when 'tool-making' is the what sets humans apart from
>our fellow creatures. Tool-making is convergent. Once that niche
>is occupied by a species, certain physical and mental traits
>will follow.

>I realize that convergence is a complicated concept, but it's a
>fact and should be considered when trying to understand our

Ed, your splendid thoughts are always appreciated but I must
take issue with yours this time. It is not tool-making per se
that is viewed convergent (since some non-primates, even some
insects, are observed employing tools,) it is the powerful
prehensil thumb.

Then there is your dogmatic insistance on the absolute that star
travel is an impossibility. Why would someone of intelligence
be so committed to minimalize a possiblity being more and more
upheld by evidence?

It is far more of a leap to equate the beginnings of intelligence
with environment and the convenience to adapt to it than to
profess a limitation based on the physics of a science
confounded constantly by anomaly.

Of course, I would welcome your argument on why you believe


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