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Intelligent Life - [was: The New Philosophy Of

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:57:24 -0000
Archived: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:07:26 -0500
Subject: Intelligent Life - [was: The New Philosophy Of


>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2012 01:08:01 +0000
>Subject: Re: The New Philosophy Of Cosmology

>>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:55:46 -0000
>>Subject: Re: The New Philosophy Of Cosmology

><snip>

>>So, do we think the rest of the universe is only populated by
>>beetles?

><snip>

>At the recent Christmas party of the Sonoran Astronomical
>Society, Father Joe Anderson - of the Vatican Observatory - and
I agreed the next life form to be discovered will be intelligent,
very large worms. And, we were cold, stone sober.

Yup, right Kathy, think that line of forecasting is likely to be
correct - ie. that intelligence is more likely to originate in
omnivores or herbivores, over long time scales. However we've
been brainwashing ourselves, for most of history, to think that
predatory (hunting) lifeforms are `successful' and so likely to
populate the universe.

And seem to recall Michio Kaku making that same classic mistake
when forecasting that the intelligent life we can expect to meet
will be predator types "with forward facing binocular eyes for
hunting purposes" (like us?).

Wrong! In fact all evidence is that we are of ancient
omnivore/herbivore ancestry, later adding insects and then sea-
food to the menu - so increasing the right kind of protein
intake to make better brains. What about the eyes? Well, our
ancestors were arboreal and, like all tree-swinging herbivores,
needed forward-facing binocular vision for safe and efficient
movement through the branches.

What about later hunting and meat-eating? Well, that _was_ later
and in evolutionary terms only recent. We can see this because
eating red meat is still very bad for our longterm health - so
we haven't actually evolved to do it. In addition red meat seems
to have a limiting effect on our mentality - increasing
aggressive tendencies and decreasing intellectual efforts.

That reasoning leaves us with a bit of a problem: to a highly
evolved herbivore many present humans might seem shockingly
brutal, dangerous and mentally unstable/unpredictable.


Cheers

Ray D




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