Derk makes me uneasy
hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Thu May 29 07:36:04 EDT 2003
They have intelligence and speech, but little or no
> manipulation. How will they care for themselves when Derk is gone? Will
> survive in the wild? How useful will their brains be then?
This reminds me of a bit in Colin Tudge's book _The Variety of Life_ where
he's discussing the limitations of intelligence as an evolutionary
advantage. Imagine, he says, a fish with the intelligence of Jane Austen.
Would it survive better than any other fish? It would not - in fact it would
probably have a nervous breakdown before being snapped up by a pike.
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