Alien Life part 6
How important is an interpose-able thumb anyway
This is another case where I believe we, as a species fall back into the comfort of conceit. We have thumbs, we can grab things, and therefore the interpose-able thumb is necessary to build a society. Granted an organism with absolutely no ability to manipulate its environment might become hyper intelligent, but it wouldn’t be able to do anything with that ability. I do not believe, however, that the human thumb is solely responsible for our great advancements in civilization.
I believe that all that is required is for a species to have the following abilities:
- To think, and cooperate with others.
- To perceive its environment, in whatever way it can.
- To alter or change that environment, through whatever means it can
We communicate with others, and cooperate with each other, even if involuntarily (such as slavery).
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