Why Did Intelligent/Sentient Life Like Us Develop On Dry Land ?

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Offline neilep

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Dear All,

As a sheepy I am of course intelligent. I go to the loo and wipe my bum. I also wee-wee in the sink , this is indeed a sign of intelligence of the highest order!


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Being that Life began in the sea, and that the sea is well big, why do ewe think , intelligent life , such as ewe and I, developed on the land ?

..Is dry land prerequisite for Intelligence/sentient life such as us ?



Whajafink ?



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Ah, like the dolphins, you mean?

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Dolphins beat Caxton to the printing press by almost a 1000 years, trouble is waterproof ink hadn't been invented so they dropped the idea.
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.

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...and they all left, leaving for us several vases saying "So long, and thanks for all the fish"

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Neil - may I direct you to my post in this thread
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Yup - fire must have been a huge factor.  There's also the process of drying to consider - as many things dry their properties can change, giving more scope for their wider range of usage to become apparent.  It seems to me that there are more opportunities for the process of reason/deduction to occur, and lead to intelligence, on land than in water.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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Does this mean(skipping a bit here) that mermaids that are not blonde, as well may be!???

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Does this mean(skipping a bit here) that mermaids that are not blonde, as well may be!???

This 1 isn't...

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Turn that siren off! (Did you see what I did there?)

This is what "mermaids" really are.......

It's clear to me which one I prefer though.....

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Just 1 little point - where is a mermaid's... you know... ?
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Why Did Intelligent/Sentient Life Like Us Develop On Dry Land ?
« Reply #10 on: 09/12/2008 21:02:06 »
By weight brains are have a very high oxygen requirement.
Proportion of O2 in air 1:5, proportion of O2 in water 1:80000.
This is why land animals can be much more intelligent than fish.

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« Reply #11 on: 09/12/2008 21:21:07 »

This is why land animals can be much more intelligent than fish.

Are you implying that wombats are more intelligent than octopuses? (OK, octopuses aren't fish; but they live underwater)
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« Reply #12 on: 09/12/2008 22:18:10 »
By weight brains are have a very high oxygen requirement.
Proportion of O2 in air 1:5, proportion of O2 in water 1:80000.
This is why land animals can be much more intelligent than fish.


i.e. the most intelligent creatures on Earth have lungs, (but not all creatures who have lungs are intelligent).

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« Reply #13 on: 14/12/2008 22:09:15 »
It accounts for how the few mammals which have returned to the water are so good at catching fish! (Applies to penguins, too).

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« Reply #14 on: 14/12/2008 23:46:26 »
It accounts for how the few mammals which have returned to the water are so good at catching fish! (Applies to penguins, too).

Just as a point of interest - if a fish's memory is so bad, how does it remember what predators are?
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« Reply #15 on: 15/12/2008 00:36:17 »
"goldfish only have a few seconds of memory" is a myth.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/02/18/1203190696599.html
« Last Edit: 15/12/2008 00:43:09 by RD »

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Why Did Intelligent/Sentient Life Like Us Develop On Dry Land ?
« Reply #16 on: 15/12/2008 08:07:56 »
Just 1 little point - where is a mermaid's... you know... ?

No, I don't know, can you elaborate please?
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« Reply #17 on: 15/12/2008 09:17:32 »
I think we are in the realm of doughnuts again.

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« Reply #18 on: 15/12/2008 09:24:34 »
I think we are in the realm of doughnuts again.
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.

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« Reply #19 on: 15/12/2008 10:54:20 »
Mermaids don't have anywhere to keep their purses: they're always losing them ...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid's_purse

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« Reply #20 on: 15/12/2008 16:33:05 »
Quote
Rich nature hath in women wisely made
Two purses, and their mouths aversely laid:
They then which to the lower tribute owe
That way which that exchequer looks must go:
He which doth not, his error is as great
As who by clyster gave the stomach meat.

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I'll treat my beachcombing differently now.

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« Reply #21 on: 15/12/2008 18:44:11 »
Just 1 little point - where is a mermaid's... you know... ?

That's why they are so rare.
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« Reply #22 on: 15/12/2008 20:50:38 »
And mermen?
Dr Who discovered some, I seem to remember.