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ghostbuster's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by ghostbuster

I have always believed that consciousness was not something that has likely just evolved on earth either. Intelligent life with consciousness has been seen as a possible "fluke" on earth, that it is entirely a rare event "out there". Why should it be any more rare an evolutionary advantage than any other trait--like ears, eyes, voice boxes etc. I am with Simon Conway Morris on this topic; biology works with the other sciences. If intelligence is rare, it will only be because it might very well have a built-in mechanism for "self destruct" when it becomes not an advantage to the species that exhibits it or to the other species that must endure the results--case in point, our earth.
By the way, a sideline, I know some people who cannot tell the difference between what they see in the mirror and what they are in reality. The power of the mind!

Sat, 12 May 2007 09:23:00 UTC | #37256