What ‘smart’ slime molds tell us about alien intelligence

Adam Rogers poses some interesting questions about how we understand intelligence, but the observations he describes about slime molds pose an array of other questions. For instance, although a slim mold doesn’t possess a brain as a distinct organ, what might this organism’s aptitude in network formation tell us about the way neural networks are formed? Is it possible that these molds don’t so much lack a brain but rather that they are more like a brain with no body? (And forgive this off of the top of my head speculation. I know nothing about slime molds and not much more about brains.)

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