X-Message-Number: 12009
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: more about hyperants and their "technology"
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 22:53:04 +1000 (EST)

To Mike Perry:

One major point about hyperants is that they need not make the kind of 
spaceships we make at all, nor any of the other technology. It would be
satisfactory (in terms of evolution) if they can merely spread themselves
among different solar systems, or even developed means to make further
ants' nests in space. A suitable technology for hyperants need not look
at all like human technology. If the whole colony, and not just individual
hyperants, has no form of consciousness at all, then simply spreading
themselves through their solar system and even interstellar space does
not even require that any particular hyperants be moved at all. Just a
system (possibly full of eggs) to spread them.

After all, though they do tame aphids, no humans tame aphids. Their
problem with space travel and all those other things is very different
from our own. Naturally this makes the problem of space travel a very
different one from our own, too.

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson

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