posted on Jul, 6 2013 @ 11:29 AM
reply to post by Minus
And just think about the species that died BECAUSE we conquered. If we had failed, conditions on earth would not be as they're now. You cannot simply
say something like "Oh, the dolphins would be the superior intelligence species! (because they're very smart)" The absence of a dominating homosapien
species over the past couple million years would change what happens. It could be that some other homo-family species would have gained dominance and
would be slightly different from humans. Maybe dolphins would not be as smart somehow without homosapien to manipulate things. If you go back far
enough and no large species ever became productive then maybe ants would?? Maybe ants would be the dominant intelligence species. Or some other bug.
Who can know? Either way, BECAUSE they dominate, they'd probably be smarter than the bugs we know today.
What I wanted to say was that intelligence is extremely expensive. It doesn't just happen or exist on its own. It's the product of billions of years
of intelligence evolution. And because there's a resource limit, the expression of intelligence best fits a pyramid, from bottom to top.
Considering that we know life could have originated billions of years ago and that many of the stars in our galaxy are old stars, it's not mistaken to
think we're not alone in our galaxy. There're apparently billions of super earths within their habitable zones TODAY, but what about in the past
couple billion years? Planets that're now uninhabitable may at some point in the past have been habitable.
And I don't think we can say that life can only originate on planets. Maybe moons or comets or in the atmospheres of gas gaints or on dwarf planets or
even on rogue planets. Really, we just haven't went out there to find out. We haven't even begun our journey to discover life elsewhere.
on 6-7-2013 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)