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Sentient octopuses (was: RE: [conculture] Re(2): planets)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 22, 1999, 13:27
Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...> wrote:
> Nik Taylor wrote: > > But, how would sentient marine > > creatures have much technology? They couldn't have any fire to smelt > > metals, for instance. > > That's true. But it doesn't mean that's an obstacle to become sentient, > or most tribes living today without metals, or humans of the Stone Age > shouldn't be told sentient. The lack of technology would only mean they > would have societies like the so-called "primitives", who are not > primitive at all.
Yes, they could be culturally very complex, even if they don't have technology. Or technology could be of a different kind, maybe based on chemistry or genetics. Octopuses could evolve into a species with the ability to consciously handle elements and compounds at molecular or atomic level. --Pablo Flores