Cylon-Knight, on 17 February 2010 - 07:38 PM, said:
Why would an Eagle, squid, wolf, etc. need an F-35 - to bother making one? I don't need an F-35 either. The lack of humanity's ability to have quality conversations caused F-35s to exist.
I would think we should try to look at what other animals can do - like starfish. Wouldn't the ability to re-grow a missing limb be much better than an F-35? "Superior life form" is a point of view. I bet my cat thinks it is superior to my new puppy... when in reality they are both ANIMALS! lol
Oh my, you speak the wisdom of the Lords, CK!
Very much agree that most beings are more evolved to their habitats than we are. Humans adapt to their environment through the use of tools (thanks to our bigger brains and opposable thumbs); animals adapt through biology (through color change, through growth of pelts, use of song for migration and mating, etc).
Besides, I know even my stupid fish (and they are not
bright, let me tell you) are perfectly suited (mentally and physically) for their rather limited range of life (if they could have abstract thought, they'd probably go insane
swimming around in a 30-odd gallon tank all day; one of the reasons we are getting them a bigger
tank this spring!). So yes, I find the 'superior life' argument to be very subjective.
And I still find it laughable when people ask whether animals have emotions or not; obviously they've never
owned a pet!
I had many animals as a kid, and believe me; they all
had emotions! Emotions are primal; like breathing and mobility, IMO. It's not a matter of 'anthropomorphizing' them. All you have to do is look and listen to them! They convey tons
of emotion, all of the time!