On Aug 9, 3:34 pm, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > I'm not a cockroach, yet cockroach's seem quite intelligent to me > (smarter than cabbages and Mars Rovers). So intelligence is not just > matter of personal affinity.
If you think of something you find not to be capable of awareness, I think that you will see that you also consider that thing to be more unlike yourself than even a cockroach. You have to look at the whole picture of what the phenomena is - for instance a person sleeping may not seem as aware while they are sleeping, or a fetus might not be as conscious before it's born, but all things considered, animals seem more conscious to us than plants, plants than rocks. Insects are an interesting case, since, as you said, they do seem intelligent to those of us who care to consider them as such, but aesthetically people at large tend not to identify with them as much as we do large mammals. We assume that they don't feel like we do and we tend to disqualify their insectoid intellgence as interesting but less important than our own. People would look at you funny if your friends were bugs. Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.