Originally posted by metalholic
reptiles,birds,amphibians are all fish aswell as mammals because mammals came from reptiles who came from fish. Also the other animals besides the
plants you mentioned are mammal.
If you want to take that further, you could just say we're all just complex colony organisms of bacteria.
Even further we're all just a chemical soup, highly organized mud ... with pants.
Of course that could go further, but, my point, the spirit of my post was, what's with the Reptoid, Insectoid, Mammal thing when (since this is all
pie in the sky speculation without any actual real Empirical Evidence) there's so many many other different options?
There could be aliens like The Thing, The Blob, or anything and everything else imagined inside and out of Science Fiction literature and cinema, all
totally making whole new Domains on down under the taxonomic scale of Life, Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class etc ...
Then, there's also machine intelligence from the ever scary Hegemonizing Replicating Swarm scenarios to Autobots and Decepticons, and then even the
somewhat altruistic god-like intelligence of Ship Minds described by Iain M. Banks in his Culture series novels.
Self guided evolutionary machine intelligence could very well be a classification of "life".
Machine intelligence could even effectively be of such sophistication and autonomy that it's indistinguishable from naturally evolved Biological life.
As far as speculation goes, if there's other life, I suspect there's a very strong argument for machine intelligence holding majority population in
Look at it this way: We develop artificial Intelligence, and while doing so, develop the means to download ourselves into machines, back and forth
between biology and machine so whenever we grow old or get injured, sick, etc, we could occupy a synthetic body until we eventually could afford or
grow a biological replacement.
Our AIs could in essence to the same.
Eventually Millions of years from now, conditions on this planet become too hostile to support biological life.
By some quirk, faster than light space travel is found to be impossible, so, the only way to really travel is in synthetic form.
Thus, we could occupy machine bodies. Thus, any possible alien intelligence could be floating around inside synthetic bodies, virtual realities,
and/or any other way to store a personality or even an entire planetary culture.
Some may even prefer the durability and staying power over the biological option and stick to staying synthetic; adapting a whole new culture that
over hundreds of millions of years could be machine longer than they were biological, if ever they were.
Machines, for such reasons are likely a higher probability than any other biological solution.
edit on 24-11-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)