Microorganisms, animals, humans and entire planets may have intelligence of their own, a new theory claims.
Human beings are not the only ones who can develop intelligence. What’s more: not only other groups of animals and microorganisms have it, but systems much larger and more complex than life forms on Earth. According to a study by the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, planets may have their own intelligence. Not only that: these types of organisms depend on these qualities to develop life on their surface, and promote their own evolution. This is what we know.

An evolutionary question on a planetary scale

The research was recently published in the International Journal of Astrobiology. In it, the author assures that the planets can have their own intelligence, understood as “collective property”. Instead of understanding it on an individual level, the scientists responsible for the study extended the concept to a planetary scale:

Conventionally, intelligence is viewed as a property of individuals. However, it is also known to be a collective property. Here, we extend the idea of intelligence as a collective property and extend it to the planetary scale,” the Cambridge authors write.

In the study, the astrophysicists understood the development of the technology as “a transformation on a planetary scale.” So they made sure that it was not something that happened “on” the planet, but something that happened to the planet. This nuance marks an important distinction because, from this perspective, it is a defining moment in the natural and evolutionary history of existing planets in the universe.

Scientists equate the development of technology with the appearance of life on planets. Not only does the environment change, but it illuminates the fact that the ecosystem allows it. Science Alert explains that understanding this question can help us navigate the near and far future on Earth.

However, according to University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank, that scenario is still a long way off. “We still do not have the capacity to respond as a community in the best interest of the planet,” the expert concluded. In the long run, this could have an impact on our future as a species, and not in the most hopeful way.

Do the planets have consciousness?

Proposing the possibility that the planets have their own intelligence is very different from saying that they are conscious. Unlike conspiracy theories such as Gaia and other New Age hypotheses, the Cambridge astrophysicists understand planetary intelligence as a set of factors that promote (or inhibit) the development of life and technology.

That doesn’t mean that planets have memories or know what’s going on on their surfaces. Not to mention they make their own decisions. Rather, it is the application of collective knowledge, as stated in the post:

“We argue that the search for planetary intelligence, defined as the acquisition and application of collective knowledge that operates on a planetary scale and incorporates the functions of coupled planetary systems, may prove to be a useful framework for understanding possible long-term evolutionary paths in terms of inhabited planets. .
This includes the future trajectory of life on Earth, astrophysicists say. For this reason, further investigation of this possibility could allow us to predict how our own evolution and that of other life forms with which we share the Earth will be. The authors even argue that it could be applied to “directed intelligent planetary evolution on other worlds.”

Just as we mature in more or less standard time periods, by this logic the same will happen with planetary systems. Despite this possibility, Adams asserts that it does not apply to us. “There is intelligence on Earth, but not on the planets,” the expert concluded. In this sense, our planet may still be in an “immature” stage of its cosmic development.

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