Can sapience even arise in something that would be forced to move so slowly?
I try to counteract the problem by imagining them moving faster.Can sapience even arise in something that would be forced to move so slowly?
How about a blue main sequence star? Greater irradiance means more energy per square meter at the surface of the planet. I’m not sure any amount can be enough for photosynthesis (either Earth’s or a different chemical analogue) to give the energy required for thought. I mean, it’s sort of a hard question to answer because we only have one data point. There’s a minimum size to a brain capable of sapience, but what are the minimum energy density requirements? That’s a different ballgame. Maybe a species of xenoplants where any of them isn’t any more intelligent than a three year old? That’s about where self-awareness is assured in humans, and it’d be the lowest energy requirement vs. an adult body...But how to do this seems more than difficult.
I try to counteract the problem by imagining them moving faster.
But how to do this seems more than difficult.
Or they are a moving species that developed intelligence at the same time as (or before) photosynthesis.
I would suggest the solution would be to just make them only partly photosynthetic.
I came to the same conclusion as you.Regular carnivorous/omnivorous animal that has a symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic culture along its top/back... that could work.
Can i use your map of Mars?View attachment 707403
So, I have been working on a project recently. No real lore (yet). Also, planets like Venus might be updated later. This probably wouldn't work with actual orbital mechanics but whatever. I will probably come back with an edit at some point to explain some stuff, but for now enjoy the Inner Solar System!
Have a happy 2022!
1. https://www.1728.org/angsize.htm is a useful tool for this- you can find angular size given distance and diameter. If the widest easily-visible ring is the F ring, that means that the diameter is ~28,000,000 km; while the distance to Saturn is between 1,200,000,000 km and 1,700,000,000 km. Therefore, the size in degrees is between 1.34 and 0.94 degrees. Note that because of Saturn's angle to the Earth, depending on the year the thinner angle of the ring ellipse is between something like 0.6x and 0x that figure.
- How wide would this be in angular degrees? (For clarification, our sun and moon are half a degree wide each.)
- How much brighter would that make Earth's day/night cycle?