Is intelligence an inevitable step in evolution?
More and more we are redefining what intelligence means to us and finding more examples of it in the animal kingdom. We can only speculate, but do you think that there have been intelligent animals on the level of dolphins, crows, elephants, squids, etc. that have come and gone in some of the many mass extinctions in ages past? In other words, what is your opinion about the inevitability of intelligence appearing through the process of evolution in many animals, even some that died off in mass extinction(s), and how does this intelligence relate to the types of intelligence humans seem to (occasionally) possess and/or exhibit? What does this mean to our picture of human superiority?