Natures wonders: barnacle cyanobacteria symbiosis (Introduction)

by dhw, Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 12:48 (1076 days ago) @ David Turell

David’s comment: Logically not a match made by heaven. Cyanobacteria are in the ocean as are mollusks. They naturally fell together for mutual benefit.

dhw: Delighted to read your comment. A fine example of cooperation, and if your God did not reach down from heaven, or did not plant instructions in the first cells, I would suggest that maybe the barnacles and the cyanobacteria worked this arrangement out for themselves. Rather intelligent of them, don’t you think?

DAVID: No real intelligence. Just practical adaptation with mutual benefit.

What do you mean by “real” intelligence? I would suggest that it takes a certain degree of sentience, communication. information-processing, decision-making for organisms to cooperate for their mutual benefit. Do you put barnacles and cynobacteria on the same intelligence level as, say, stones and water?

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