15 September 2010

Dinosaurs were Sentient















[Tricerotops from Museum of Science, Boston, photo by Daderot on Wikimedia--thanks!]

After millions of years, what sort of evidence would survive to prove dinosaurs' sentience? The use of tools is not proof of self-awareness, even if tools survived. And how at this gap of time could we tell if dinosaurs altered purposely their environment?

Their language--if it existed--is dead and gone.

Might humans one day stumble over a dinosaur dancing ground? Would we recognise it if we saw it?

What if only some dinosaurs were sentient? How did they interact with their non-sentient cousins?

Finally, what if dinosaurs made pets of humans' mammalian ancestor? What if, in a very distant fasion, we are the result of dinosaurs managing the breeding of our mammalian ancestor to increase intelligence (and hence, usefulness to dinosaurs)?

4 comments:

  1. Humans may face that very issue when creating sentient robots :)

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  2. Maybe dinosaurs created us as robots at first then we evolved into humans.

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  3. This sounds like a cool story idea, Jenny. :-)

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  4. Now that's a cool idea, Jamie -- we're the millions of years later offspring of organic robots. That does explain some people ;)

    So many ideas, Liz. Do you think Carina Press is ready for a dinosaur love story? "In the dying days of the the dinosaur era (can't remember the scientific name), two brave survivors of the asteroid impact must risk everything..."

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