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What are the conditions in which a creature would evolve more than one brain?

Would any creature ever need to evolve a second (or multiple) brain(s)? If so, under what conditions, why, and what implications would it have on the creature's intelligence? Note that while an ...
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Multiple DNA, one creature

Suppose a species possessed different sets of DNA for different parts of its anatomy. I'm not suggesting one set for every function in the body; that would result in hundreds of thousands of unique ...
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How do I wage war against a collective consciousness?

I am revisiting an older scenario I came up with, but I have been experiencing many of the same problems. I have a swampy, jungle world which flooded, causing a species of fire ant that made an ant ...
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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 familiar ...
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Could humanity ever hope to accept aliens into their culture?

If humanity discovered peaceful aliens that are truly alien, not just rubber head aliens, but alien in a way that seemingly defies the way evolution occurred on our world. Considering humans have a ...
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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 0.5 ...
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How do members of a collective consciousness separate themselves from another?

The idea of a collective consciousness is pretty simple: instead of cells you have small animals (such as ants or termites) that make up a larger creature. This is different from a hive in that the ...
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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, ...
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How can I communicate with a collective consciousness?

A world, I am building, had been flooded, causing a species of fire ant that makes ant rafts to evolve a collective behavior, ditching anthills and becoming an ant-hill (I'm not sorry). Over thousands ...
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Could I hope for swarm intelligence to lead to collective consciousness?

I recently decided to revisit an older scenario I came up with, Ant-hill world, but I have been hitting roadblocks, both old and new. One of the bigger roadblocks is the evolution of such an odd ...
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