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Questions tagged [sapience]

Questions about sapience and sapient creatures. Any questions asking about human-level intelligence or creatures which possess or will evolve such intelligence. Consider also [intelligence].

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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 ...
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How to identify sapient jellyfish?

There is a sapient jellyfish species resembling the box jellyfish found to be lurking in the ocean today. A team of researchers took a sub and dived into the abyss to look for it. What kind of non-...
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How can a sapient species build an advanced civilization, while remaining on one continent?

The world I'm building contains two sapient species; one is about Mesolithic-level in terms of technology, while the other is about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians or Sumerians. However, they're ...
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Societal Structure of Sapient Herd Animals

So, bit of an unusual question, but here goes... As I've read on other questions on the site, a creature gaining sapience would not automatically translate to a society equal to ours, and I believe ...
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How large would an African Grey Parrot have to be to be smarter than the average human? [closed]

African Grey Parrots are touted as the smartest genus of birds around, and have been shown to possess cognitive skills comparable to those of 4- to 6-year-old human children, in spite of only weighing ...
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Cities of a civilization of sentients capable of natural flight?

We have a species, let's call them Aves Sapiens for now, which a winged creature that reaches an average height of 143 centimeters and can fly up to 300 km/h. (Assuming that the planet's gravity can ...
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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 and ...
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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. Would ...
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How small can a sentient humanoid get [duplicate]

How small can a humanoid creature get and still retain human-level intelligence? Specifically, what would be the smallest brain possible capable of advanced reasoning and what brain-body mass ratio ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 say ...
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How would the world be if snakes were the dominant species of the planet? [closed]

So, imagine we are not the predominant species on earth (in terms of intelligence and how we manipulate our surroundings to fit our needs). Let's imagine snakes were the most intelligent and advanced ...
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Would an anthropomorphic wolf species be able to hunt their prey without weapons?

Summary In my world, I have created a species of anthropomorphic wolves, who are nomadic hunter-gatherers. They are like humans in some respects and like wolves in others, but with some minor ...
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What Earth species could be sapient?

In recent years, the definition of sapience has been changing, from the self awareness of dolphins, to the sign language gorilla koko, to the amazing intelligence of crows; it is becoming increasingly ...
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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 ...
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How many planets with sapient life can I expect to find in a random galaxy?

For a recent question of mine, an answer was provided suggesting that since there is a limited amount of sapient species in the galaxy, we ourselves would be valuable. This got my gears turning and ...
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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 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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Would a non-centralized sensory layout be favor on sapient aliens?

In all animals of higher intelligence, the sensory organs are all localized in the head. The head alone contains the senses of smell, sight, hearing and taste. This is because it is efficient to be ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How smart can I make ants? [closed]

In the accepted answer to this question on ant size, it was suggested to give ants branchiostegal lungs, which taxonomically makes the ant a crustacean, rather than an insect. His suggestion was for ...
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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 ...
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What species, given sapience, has the best chance defeating humanity? [closed]

Humanity is very powerful, our simple unique trait of sapience allowed us to conquer the planet with little to almost no resistance. In the popular science fiction series Planet of the Apes; apes, ...
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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 sapient,...
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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 of ...
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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 ...
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What would bat houses look like? [closed]

In This Question we discussed how likely bats are to become sapient. Lets assume that they could. They would weigh at most 150 lbs and would look much like flying foxes. Assuming they could evolve ...
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How to evolve sapient bats

On a planet the same as Earth, with no other sapient creatures, how could a Pteropus evolve sapience?
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Sapient aquatic species substituting geothermal vents for fire

In a question I saw on here a while back, somebody said that the development of a sapient, technologically progressing species requires fire, and thus such a phenomenon could not occur under water. ...
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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 ...