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【密度/Density】齐塔人之声:智慧昆虫(Mo翻译~)  

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ZetaTalk: Intelligent Insects

齐塔人之声:智慧昆虫
Note: written Dec 15, 1996

注:写于1996.12.15

Life evolves in a similar manner regardless of the predominant atomic elements on any given world. Carbon based or silicon based, the process of DNA evolution is strikingly similar. Add to that the factor of seeding potential life bearing planets and the similarities between life that develops on one world and life that develops on another may be almost identical. However, the environment on a given planet may be harsh to one type of life form and ideal for another.

生命,不顾任何特定世界的主要原子元素的差别,都以一种相似的方式进化。无论基于碳元素或基于硅元素,DNA进化的过程都惊人的相似。再加上对潜在的可承载生命的行星进行播种的因素,一个世界里发展出的生命和另一个世界里发展出的生命的相似点可能几乎是一样的。然而,一个特定行星的环境可能对一类生命形式是严酷的,而对另一类却是理想的。

  • The impact of the environment is most commonly seen in the prevalence of water planets, where no dry land exists, failing to evolve land dwelling creatures at all. Here the life form that emerges as the intelligent species is most often a type of octopus, as their tentacles allow manipulation of the environment and intelligence eventually develops due to that capacity.

    环境的影响在水行星的普及中最为常见,那里没有干燥的陆地存在,根本无法进化出陆居生物。在这里,显示为智慧物种的生命形式,最常见的是章鱼,因为他们的触须让他们能够对环境进行操纵,并且最终正是由于这个能力才得以发展出智力。

  • The second most common impact of the environment occurs where mammals fail to prosper because reptiles prospered so well. This occurs on warm planets where a rapid rotation of the planet toasts the environment evenly and allows cold-blooded reptiles to be constantly active. The reptiles simply eat the emerging mammals, being more highly evolved and there first, and thus the mammal life form is less likely to evolve.

    第二普遍的环境影响,发生在由于爬行动物繁衍的太好导致哺乳动物无法繁衍的时候。这会发生在温暖的行星上,这些行星快速的旋转平衡地烘烤着环境,使得冷血爬行动物持续活跃。爬行动物简单地吃掉刚浮现出来的哺乳动物,率先变得更加进化,因此哺乳动物生命形式便不大可能进化了。

  • Planets where a mammal life form emerges and evolves to a degree that allows the mammal to be a candidate for selection as the intelligent species to be genetically engineered on the planet routinely have an environment that is harsh in some way to reptiles. Your Earth is such a planet, with a slow rotation that creates cold nights, winters, and poles such that cold-blooded reptiles are sluggish and slow.

    那些 哺乳生命形态出现,并进化到能够让他们成为智慧物种基因工程选拔的候选人的程度 的星球,其上的环境总是在某个方面对爬虫类来说过于严酷。你们的地球就是这样一个行星,它具有可以 创造寒夜、冬天和两极 的缓慢自转,使得冷血爬行动物行动迟缓。

  • Where insects develop as the dominant intelligent species the planet has land but does not have a generous food supply in its waters or as vegetation on the land. Insects eat anything, in tiny bites, and can live on dung, rotting tissue, crumbs, and the slime that may cover rocks along the edge of water pools. As with the dominance of reptiles, the life form that gets a head start and does not experience frequent set-backs can take advantage of what follows.

    在那些昆虫发展为主要智慧物种的星球上,有陆地,但在其水中没有丰富的食物供给,陆地上也没有植物。昆虫什么都吃,小口的咬,能够靠粪便为食,或腐烂的组织物,碎屑,以及覆盖在水域周围岩石上的烂泥。和爬行动物的优势一样,一种生命形式一旦开了头,并且没有频繁地经历耽搁延期,那么他们便能够不断利用未来。

In the case of planets where insects emerge as predominant, some insect forms begin to eat other insects, and thus can grow larger. Humans, used to insect forms that are tiny, are seeing what occurs when all insect forms are consumed by others. On Earth, insects are consumed not only by other insects but also are the favorite food of birds, reptiles, and rodents. For any insect to evolve as a large specimen on Earth would require a protected environment where none of the other Earth creatures could discover it. This is simply not the case on your Earth, but is the case on those rare worlds where insects evolve as the predominant, and eventually the intelligent, species.

就那些昆虫作为主导出现的行星来说,一些昆虫种类开始吃其他昆虫,因此能够长得更大。习惯了微小昆虫种类的人类,正看到当所有的昆虫种类都被其他物种消耗时所发生的事。在地球上,昆虫不仅被其他昆虫吃,同时也是鸟类,爬行动物,以及啮齿动物最喜欢的食物。对于任何要在地球上进化为大型样本的昆虫来说,他们必需一个不会被任何其他地球生物发现的受保护的环境。在你们的地球上恐怕做不到,但在那些昆虫是主导并最终进化为智慧物种的罕见世界里,这却是事实。

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