Puzzling Evidence

The most likely apocalypse would be one of our own making, which means we definitely do not deserve to survive. Let the eusocial insects give it a whirl as the planet’s dominant species, they might do better than us. It would be hard to do worse, short of nuking every inch of dirt.

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If the earth exploded, I’d expect slime-molds might just go right on doing their thing. They’re particularly odd little beings, fascinating things where the more you learn about them the less you know about them.

Also there was a story about a family/community of sentient slime molds in an episode of Twilight Zone magazine sometime in the late 1980s, but I’ve never been able to find any mention of it anywhere. Maybe it was Omni, but I’m pretty sure it was Twilight Zone. Either way, I can’t remember any details of the story, but it left a lasting impression on my 10-12 year old brain.

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It occured to me when I was watching the video that humans are/were using them to clean and scrub things. Considering all the fatal abuses humans have heaped upon various members of the animal kingdom, this one just seems super-cruel. I know they’re probably not sapient, but do the feel pain and if so, how do they express it?

(sheezus pleezus, i got toooo much spare time)

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