UPLifting: Sea Slugs?

Twink (neptune@mars.superlink.net)
Sat, 22 Nov 1997 17:47:43 -0500 (EST)

At 10:51 PM 11/21/97 +1100, Bradley Graham Weslake <bgw03@uow.edu.au> wrote:
>An ideal candidate therefore - if socialisation be the criteria - is the
>humble sea slug. The sea slug is perhaps the most copulent of all the animal
>kingdom, for when not eating and sleeping, the sea slug is more often than
>not found to be fucking. And let it not be said that sea slugs are
>traditionalists - they have shown a wide range of sexual appetites, even
>having been discovered going at with as many as six concurrent partners.

Yes, but this sociality is only expressed during sex! Mind you, that is one
of my favorite ways of socializing, but some might claim this doesn't take
a lot of sentience.:)

>Seriously though, surely by the time uplifting of octopi is possible
>suitably advanced methods for training them in the ways of the world will
>also be available?

Perhaps. There are, it turns out, one social species of octopodes, the red
octopus, Octopus rubescens.

>Assuming some kind of intelligence of the order of
>humans, basic literacy in the prevalent form of human communication
>would be easily administered,

One would hope that some form of spontaneous communication would
arise, aking to human creole tongues perhaps.

>and who will say what would then limit our eight-tentacled friends?

Hopefully, not even our/their imaginations!

Daniel Ust