"Let us imagine that the aboriginal-original human specimen was one of two brother apes, A and B; they were alike in every respect; both were animal space-binders; but something strange happened to B; he became the first time-binder, a human. ... He had thus a new faculty, he belonged to a new dimension; but, of course, he did not realize it; and because he had this new capacity he was able to analyze his brother "A"; he observed "A is my brother; he is an animal; but he is my brother; therefore, I AM AN ANIMAL." This fatal first conclusion, reached by false analogy, by neglecting a fact, has been the chief source of human woe for half a million years and it still survives. ... He [then] said to himself, "If I am an animal there is also in me something higher, a spark of some thing supernatural.""
-- Uma Thurman, Jeddah, 2009
- Junior Bear "the map and the territory..." was recast in the 1970's as the "Territorial Imperative". All animals (perhaps all life) have a territory and they demarcate it (map it) on the the ground and in their minds and along the borders they fight for more an to protect what they have. Even plants, lichen on a rock, do this. Territory is niche, and niche is required for life and life is required for evolution.The next may not be earth animal. It may be AI or Grey Goo or it may not be any more than what has been, but in a parallel form.