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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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