From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:00:18 +0100 Archived: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:45:49 -0400 Subject: Alien Body-Shapes Hello List, a current news-item is headlined "The shape of fear: why we hate spiders" http://tinyurl.com/clw2x47 and has only two pertinent quotes: "Spiders are the source of fear for thousands because of the shape of their legs and their colour, scientists have claimed." and "Their fast movements scuttling across floors into dark corners also tap into deep-rooted fears, it was claimed. "Spiders just tick all these boxes, and like any phobia, when it builds up in someone's mind they can become scared even seeing a picture," Professor May told the Daily Mail." Most papers I've seen claimed "scientists explain 'Why we hate spiders'" Which of course they didn't! If you read the much quoted text you see the 'scientist' just pushed the question back one remove by restating it in quasi- scientific terms. As Darwin said "It is so easy... to think that we give an explanation when we only restate a fact." (from the conclusion of 'On the Origin of Species') So the question of why we dislike the spider-shape and spider-motion remains unanswered. I mention this because an American scientist? speculated (maybe a decade ago?) that we dislike spiders because they are a truly alien species which developed elsewhere (can't remember if he thought they arrived before or after Earth-life evolved - but as almost all are carnivorous it was probably after). While not sure about the 'alien' bit, I _am_ fairly certain that we have a residual dislike of spiders because our small ancestors (maybe gekko or shrew-sized) were hunted, caught and eaten in abundance by spiders' much larger ancestors - back in the high-oxygen era when dragonflies measured a yard across the wings. Does this tell us anything about real, evolved aliens - i.e. ETs? Well, it's hard to be anywhere near sure, but we are basically herbivore/omnivores (witness our teeth and ancestry and the fact that red meat is bad for us), so if we meet spider-shaped aliens, or even humanoid aliens with vertically-slitted eyes (both are almost certainly signs of hunting carnivorous ancestry), maybe we'd better be careful. Contrarily, if we met pure herbivore ETs (although I'm a bit dubious whether they could evolve to a high level of conscious intelligence) we'd best be even more careful because they wouldn't trust us at all, due to our recent foray into meat eating, and herbivore meat at that. 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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