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Intelligence and Structural Form [was: The Man To

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 12:38:07 -0600
Archived: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 15:51:06 -0400
Subject:  Intelligence and Structural Form [was: The Man To

>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:15:19 -0400
>Subject: Re: The Man To Contact When Calling Home

>>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:15:06 -0700
>>Subject: Re: The Man To Contact When Calling Home


>>This is a point I've been trying to make. And these "intelligent
>>species" will tend to look the same, in a very general way
>>because intelligence may require a certain biological tool kit.

>I definitely buy that. I disagree with those who insist other
>planetary species may look totally different from Earth species.
>The way Nature looks to me is that the basic animal blueprint we
>observe everywhere is 'it' as long as you're talking planets
>made of the same 100+ elements Earth is.

One could well agree with you, Eleanor, while disagreeing with
Ed. It is one thing to propose that most or all ET species will
have a structurally similar counterpart somewhere in Earth's
history, and quite another to propose that _intelligent_ species
will everywhere tend to be structurally similar. The former is
perhaps plausible if not compelling, while the latter is
decidedly neither. Both dolphins and ravens are unquestionably
intelligent, but have little structural similarity aside from
bilateral symmetry.

One might argue that _technologically-advanced_ species tend to
have common features (e.g., opposable digits on extended limbs,
etc.), but even that has little foundation aside from a single
example, namely ourselves*. I find it more plausible that any
intelligent species, regardless of its structural form, can (and
will, _if_ so motivated) learn how to fashion tools and
manipulate its environment. That is to say, ingenuity will
triumph over physical handicap.


*This does not necessarily dismiss the possibility that we are
being visited by humanoid-form ETs. If so, this could well be a
selection effect... i.e., they are here _because_ we are
physically similar.

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