Re: SETI How many fingers does ETI have?


Chris Boyce (cb@ndirect.co.uk)
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 22:42:48 +0100


I can see a case for Ron's position here. Consider the number of animal species that have hands of some reasonable sort, eg. monkeys and raccoons. Many of them do not share a 'handed' common ancestor. Accordingly we can assume that the 'hand' is one of the convergent universals of which there are many in the 'library' of evolution. If so, then hands of some sort are quite likely to be found wherever there is the equivalent of animal life. Of course the same argument applies for tentacles! :-) Best regards Chris Boyce ET-Presence - http://www.et-presence.ndirect.co.uk/ HOGMANAYCON - http://www.ndirect.co.uk/~cb/conpage.htm ----- Original Message ----- From: Richard Burke-Ward <richard@burke-ward.demon.co.uk> To: SETI List <seti@sni.net> Sent: 09 June 1999 22:53 Subject: Re: SETI How many fingers does ETI have? > >Ron wrote: > > > >> How many fingers does ETI have? > > > >I can imagine something like a gaussian curve : most ETI have 6 fingers on > >each hand (20%), others have 5 or 7 (15%), very few have only 2 fingers (1%). > > > > Hands?????!!!!!! > > The Gaussian curve I could imagine would maybe have 1% having such > bizzarre appendages at all... > > Richard >



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