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An Idea for a Show
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 25th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>You know, I think a good (if incomplete) metaphor for the difference between humans and AKB is the difference between regular chimpanzees and bonobos.<<

Yes, that's a good nutshell.

>>Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that Traipahni culture would not work for humans, because humans and AKB are too different.<<

I have the same feelings about haikujaguar's Ai-Naidar. Some of the individual principles and techniques would work in both contexts, but you couldn't just transplant a whole culture and have that work. Humans seem to have a much higher social "melting temperature." The Ai-Naidar have more of a herd instinct.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 25th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

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Indeed. And I think some of that higher level of herd mentality applies to AKB as well, given that they are herbivores (even if they did evolve to hunt roving planimal prey). There also seems to be a somewhat higher tendency in their species to value the old and to be slower to accept/embrace change. That, combined with the AKB tendency to value knowledge and to be horrified at any disrespect/destruction of said knowledge, explains how pretty much all of their cultures tend to last tens of thousands of years. To them, the Roman empire would be considered a short-lived culture. Also explains why, despite having been building cities since a time when humans were still in the stone age, and having copies of many books that were originally written before humans invented writing; despite mining asteroids, having underground trains, and computers by around 7000 BCE, despite the fact that The Reformation did not set them back technologically by more than maybe a decade or two, that 10,000 years later they hadn't stepped their toes outside of their own planet's atmosphere again.

However, I *do* happen to know that there *were* plans in the works to test a new, clean technology that would allow them to leave the planet without hurting the atmosphere, at the time of first contact. Had humans not discovered their planet when they did, the people of Traipah would have been spacefaring and FTL capable in only 10 years. (Since the same technology also allowed entry into hyperspace, and they'd known about hyperspace, theoretically at least, since before The Reformation.

But once the humans showed up, and they discovered how unique and unusually powerful their new technology was compared to anything any other known culture had come up with, they made it a secret until they could decide how to safely introduce this technology into an intergalactic society so full of species that were so very violent towards their own kind and other sophonts.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 25th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: PS

>> And I think some of that higher level of herd mentality applies to AKB as well, given that they are herbivores (even if they did evolve to hunt roving planimal prey). <<

Yeah, that can make a big difference.

>> Had humans not discovered their planet when they did, the people of Traipah would have been spacefaring and FTL capable in only 10 years. <<

I like the huge impact that you give to first contact.
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