It's interesting to think that if you zoom out and look at humanity as an organism, then our behavior is no different from a slime mold.
Our cities and roads mimic the networks a slime mold makes looking for food.
We extract resources and grow for the sake of growing until we inevitably run out. This is not intelligent behavior, it's what happens when you put a slime mold in a Petri dish.
For all the complex internal life humans have, humanity is an incredibly dumb organism in aggregate.
@yogthos I like this theory about complexity and intelligence as a form of complexity - life produces complexity as a “leaf” part of a system to solve an issue. Once the issue is solved the complexity dissolves. You can view humans as a complexity produced by life to escape the planet. Even inside human society complexity or smartness is used to solve issues and only when there are issues.
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