I’m fine with these idea collecting threads. But I’d like the thread creators to put in at least the effort to include a suggestion in the first post.
Thanks, @hhyyrylainen! You helped me work my creativity!
When gonna the awakening stage begin when you crate fire when you create small group. Thats the problem just like what was the first human.
Yeah good question. I’d never really thought about it. I guess (totally making this up and it’s not fixed yet) maybe it would work like you add some section of brain such that it lets you open the tool editor and start making tools. However you wouldn’t need to be as advanced as a human to do that, a human would have a bunch of other advanced brain sections on top of that.
(yes I am a necromancer), what about creatures that don’t speak but use pheromones?
I don’t see why not using pheromones.
I do agree that communicating with them only isn’t the best idea, as it makes complicated commands very hard. But that certainly doesn’t mean that a primitive society can’t work with pheromones.
While advanced communication be quite hard [except if perhaps the species didn’t evolve to recognize millions of pheromones… Hm, well that’s a story for another day], but it isn’t necessarily required for the creation of a society. For example, look at the ant colonies. They give us a good idea what a simple species could achieve with a simple means of communication.
Let’s imagine a more advanced species with a more developed brain. That species could organise itself in groups and start crafting tools, just like us in our early days. Maybe the species can even create something like a religion [or is that too wild?]
But unfortunately I think you can go only so far with pheromones. Passing information to your offsprings will become harder and harder [and things like mathematics would be hard, if not impossible to grasp] and eventually you’ll get stuck.
Long Story Short - Using Pheromones isn’t a bad idea in the start, but eventually you’ll need something more developed [or really max out your pheromone communication lol].
How would you construct a grammar of pheromones, though? It seems to me it would be hard to express them one after another the way we can with sound or light. I suppose in theory you can still encode a lot of information in a combination of “words” rather than a permutation, but I don’t know how such a system would work.
I just asked to see if my ant empire idea could work, I found it it could but it’ll be very hard.