Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Insight –“Will Intelligence Be a Constant in the Universe?”

 

 

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"If you go to these other continents and ask zoologists 'What do you think is the smartest thing there? Is it trying to become human? Is it any closer today than it was 50 million years ago to building a radio telescope?' I think the answer would be no. If that's the answer, then there is no trend toward human-like intelligence, and this whole idea of intelligence being convergent is just an empty claim based on what we want to believe about ourselves. Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios and even we failed to build one during the first 99% of our 7 million year history."


Charles Lineweaver, an associate professor at the Australia National University, with focus on astrobiology, cosmology and planetology.

 

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