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Intelligence and life-span

Indophile
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2/13/2012 11:02:19 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Is it possible for extremely long-lived life-forms to evolve into intelligence?

Some assumptions made:

A long life-span means slow metabolism (slow breakdown of chemical bonds)
A long life-span means rare attacks on life, hence less competition to evolve
A long life-span means ample energy resources, hence less "drive" to evolve.

Are all these assumptions valid? Is there any particular range of life-span to ensure evolution of intelligence?
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2/14/2012 1:23:05 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 2/13/2012 11:02:19 PM, Indophile wrote:
Is it possible for extremely long-lived life-forms to evolve into intelligence?

Some assumptions made:

A long life-span means slow metabolism (slow breakdown of chemical bonds)
A long life-span means rare attacks on life, hence less competition to evolve
A long life-span means ample energy resources, hence less "drive" to evolve.

Are all these assumptions valid? Is there any particular range of life-span to ensure evolution of intelligence?

I'm fairly sure that once you hit a certain age, your IQ starts going down as time passes.