reply to post by Tribble
That's actually a common misconception. We use 100% of our brain, we just can only use 10% at a time. Some smart people can use 13% of it at a time.
And indeed, when I meditate, say before a math test, I can feel as if I am using more than 10% at a time. But the whole of the human brain is, in
fact, used at some point in time.
In order to increase that, you would have to take from other species. Crows, for example, are intelligent as apes. Not from brain size, but from
neuron power. They work faster.
IE, Did you know that if your neurons work faster, the world slows down, because you are literally operating at a higher clock speed? This is how
species that seem to have super brain processing power like flies or something look like they are as slow as us on slow mo cameras.
Basically, the faster your brain works, the better you can handle your environment.
People like Einstein, for example, had missing parts in their brains, allowing spare neurons to be dedicated to more advanced processes. It would be
like taking your sound card out of your computer, but putting the parts back in to speed up other things. Indeed, this is why some blind people have
great hearing, or even echo location.
And yes, mind control would be easier, which could be done with nanobots.
reply to post by GrOuNd_ZeRo
It is actually quite far-fetched. If you do the math, there's only 27,000 worlds with the mere potential for human life. That does not guarantee
human life. And whatever ones out of them do have something remotely human, will get less and less every century because humanity nearly kills itself
off every century or so. You end up with an incredibly low number of planets with humanoids. And those humanoids in and of themselves may not be
compatible for humanity.
Most of the proteins you consume are oriented the same direction. Their molecules have interacted with each other and enzymes in a controlled manner
over such a long period on Earth that their 'mirrored' variants no longer occur naturally. Hence we are made up of and function mostly on levo-amino
acids, 'levo' meaning 'left'. 'Dextro'(meaning 'right')-amino acids refers to the mirrored variants of all chiral proteins abundant in life.
Its as equally possible that dextro-amino acids could constitute the greater portion for life on other planets as levo-amino compounds. Its the same
proteins, the same life, just 'backwards' at the molecular level. A lifeform based on dextro-amino acids could be an exact duplicate of an earth
creature, including humans, visually, except that their DNA would actually turn the other direction. The toxicity interpretations are speculative at
best, but consuming specific dextro proteins could cause malfunctions in a levo-based creature's lowest level digestion mechanisms, producing at best
the wrong and at worst deadly compounds, but for the most part the enzymes associated with a protein are biased to only that protein like a glove.
There are some dextro-amino acids identified that would be toxic to a levo-based creature, but these are high-complexity with no naturally occurring
levo variants anyway. Most 'sweet' tasting things, sugars, are actually dextro variants. Spearmint leaves actually contain both levo and dextro
variants of their amino acids. For the most part, incompatible amino acids would simply be ignored, and actually tasteless. What this means for the
guys: Don't give Tali chocolate, it will taste like pure cocoa. What this means for the ladies: Garrus will taste like liquid sugar. Screw what
The character names at the bottom are just from a video game.
What this basically means is that even if you have that small number of humanoids survive, and the ever smaller number who actually get into space,
you then have about half being dextro and half being levo. IE, they can't breed. And hybridization is virtually out of the question unless you
literally want to go to the molecule of every single one of your billions of ladders on your dna strand and knock the molecules the right way. As for
the ones that are compatible, understand that there is a virtually zero chance that the dna is int he right place. Where our dna will have a part
telling us the number of fingers, the same location on their dna might tell them to have eyes. And then of course there's no guarantee the brains are
even the same. Perhaps they don't even have a cerebellum. Perhaps another part enlarged to take its place.
Remember, with the human form comes the infinite varieties that make us incompatible to hybridize.
To stay on Earth would mean certain death. They would have no viral dna to remain immune to the local viruses. No computability to local bacteria. One
bad piece of corn and next thing you know your bowels, if you have them, are bleeding and dieing. Do you have the ability to even process sugar?
Insulin would be necessary, if you could even process that. Perhaps they have an extra organ for blood cell production rather than their bone marrow.
And their bone marrow is the storage space for iron in their mars-like atmosphere. Perhaps they require lead to process into their skin cells and
resist radiation, because they have no melanin.
All this must be taken into effect. Because unless you are coming from a world that is a virtual clone of earth, molecule for molecule, you are going
to have incompatibilities. The very fact you are in space means that you are not from a clone Earth.
reply to post by blondemoment
I've heard this so many times. The same question must be asked. If you are alien, why are you bothering on Earth when there's dozens of empty Earth
worlds near by.
And as said before, how can you be compatible with the world unless you came from a clone Earth. Which is a statistic improbability.