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Q&A Does the humanoid body plan necessitate sapience to be viable?

in most science-fiction stories that include alien races, said aliens have a roughly humanoid appearance (being an erect bipeds). now while it's likely that the vast majority of sapient life (being...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could marsupials convergently evolve sapience?

Marsupials in the majority of the world are overshadowed by their placental cousins, with the notable exception being Australia. There they have convergently evolved many similarities to their plac...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could Octopuses convergently evolve sapience?

Now octopuses are quite smart already capable of camouflage and puzzle solving. given this I was wondering whether Octopuses could Convergently evolve sapience (human level intelligence) and wha...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How to evolve sapient bats

On a planet the same as Earth, with no other sapient creatures, how could a Pteropus evolve sapience?

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Would it be possible for species to become sapient without using tools?

Set in a parallel universe, in a galaxy far far away, an Earth-like planet orbiting a yellow dwarf star with the mass of 1 solar mass. And yes, indeed that planet comes with a natural satellite tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Would intelligence affect the evolution of colorful display patters for attracting mates?

On another planet there is a group of organisms that have colorful display patterns allowing them to attract mates. Eventually a branch of this type of organism evolves the intelligence of early h...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A Is it plausible that current insects will evolve sapience?

Scenario: In my Evil Overlord plan, I release a poison into the wild which should kill all humans. However I made some sort of mistake in my poison design and I killed all Vertebrates bigger than 0...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A How can I keep sapient species away from each other?

Many other questions, as well as a few online sources, all agree that in order for me to have multiple sapient species in my world, they need to be either separated by a natural landscape or not a ...

14 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A How to evolve purely pacifist intelligence

In a previous question on my purely peaceful, 100% pacifist species, I asked about how to remove all defining characteristics for sexuality yet still retaining sapience. As was pointed out, I had a...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A What evolutionary history would support Neophobic sapience

One of the benefits of humanity is our subconscious need to explore. It is a simple instinct of primitive people wanting to know, not only what is in your territory, but almost what is around your ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A How do I make the tardigrade sapient?

For those that do not know, the tardigrade is a microscopic animal that can survive: extreme heat extreme cold extreme levels of radiation lack of water indefinitely lack of food indefinitely a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Are there any outstanding factors that would prevent marsupials from evolving civilization?

Humans are derived from arboreal shrew-like animals that survived the cataclysm which wiped out the larger dinosaurs. As far as I am aware this series of events is entirely the result of chance. Wo...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Anonymous‭

Question evolution sapience
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Q&A Can a sapient species evolve that needs little or no sleep?

Humans sleep more then nearly any other creature (true sleep, not low-activity like cats and sloths), and are some of the only true sapient species on earth. Many other intelligent, or nearly sapi...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Evolution of ophidian sapience and caudal tool use

What natural environmental pressures or opportunities might drive an alien ophidian species to evolve sapience and caudal tool use? Conditions The species should be lacking limbs prior to the e...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by rek‭

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Q&A Can a one gendered species evolve sapience

In a world I am building, I want the primary species to be 100% peaceful. The best way I have thought of for doing this post-sapience is to remove all identifying traits (skin, eye and hair color, ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Is the Idea of a Collective Consciousness Realistic?

In how smart can I make ants, an idea was suggested, to instead of making each ant individually sapient, make the 'anthill' as a whole sapient; a kind of unconventional hive mind. Just as a familia...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Can an 'unadvanced' species accidently uplift another species?

With all this talk of Alien Lifeforms over the past few weeks, I have been pondering a small question. May be a simple yes, no answer. May not. Can a species accidently uplift another species? I s...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭

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Q&A How can I tell if stone age aliens are sapient?

Let's say I have been chosen to evaluate whether or not alien worlds contain sapient life before we terraform them. Just assume that we learned to work together and live as a species in peace, trea...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Under what circumstances (natural or unnatural) could a sentient cell develop?

I am trying to find a way to justify the creation of a single celled sentient (sorry intelligent) being. It's general structure is not specifically apparent although it should have the ability to e...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by The Great Duck‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by The Great Duck‭

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Q&A How would aquatic sapience evolve?

Imagine a world much like ours, except our ape ancestors decided they liked the trees and never climbed down and decided to try out these 'tool' things. sapient apes never evolved. Instead a pred...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dsollen‭

Question evolution sapience
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Q&A Making tools, with your mouth!

One of the main problems with creatures that they have tentacles instead of manipulating paws or hands. This isn't a big problem for developing sapience, but it is a problem for entering the realm ...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Does a sapient species have to be warm-blooded, and if so, can it still be a reptile?

So, as the title suggests, I have a reptilian alien species capable of human-tier thought. Anatomically, they are centaur-like (four legs on the ground, two manipulating limbs up top), standing sli...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Fuzzlewuzzlekins‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Fuzzlewuzzlekins‭

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