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A PRIMER ON IDENTIFICATION OF INTELLIGENT LIFE ON THE PLANET MEDINA
Arnold Janis, PhD
New Chicago Institute of Science
Commissioned by the Continuity Directorate
Despite the lack of date demonstrating technological pre-development on the planet Medina, there remains a possibility that a non-human intelligence may have evolved locally. This document will attempt to establish a guideline for identifying any species that has either intelligence or the potential to develop intelligence in the future. Please note that these factors are merely a guide for those in the field.
COMMUNICATION VS LANGUAGE
All complex species observed communicate in some fashion. That could be via pheromones, smells, body language, sound, or some combination of factors. Communication is simply the sending and receiving of information. Language, however, is a means of sharing complex ideas. With language it is possible to discuss not only concrete information, but also abstract concepts such as those that underly Unity. In humanity language is an verbal, supported by nonverbal communication.
TECHNIC VS A-TECHNIC
A strong indicator of intelligence is the use of technology. This can vary from simple tools such as a stick to the advanced technology that Unity employs for the betterment of our species. However, lack of technology does not disallow intelligence. A species may lack the dexterity to use tools. A marine environment would preclude the working of metals and limit technological advancement.
Intricate interactions among members of a species indicate a developed society. Ritualized and repeated behavior patterns require time to develop. This points to multi-generational interaction with the sharing of cultural data among members.
STRONG SURVIVAL INSTINCT
Any species that has evolved intelligence will most likely have done so due to adverse conditions selecting for it. Therefore it is logical to assume that instinctual behaviors will be present for the protection of that individual.
These general guidelines will provide a basis for the analysis of species native to the planet Medina in order to determine if they are intelligent or have the potential to evolve intelligence. If such a species is encountered the Continuity Directorate believes that it poses a potential threat to humanity and should be exterminated.