I was just thinking about how people look for intelligent life out in space (no particular reason, just thinking). It made me wonder how these people define "intelligent"? Does "intelligent" just mean the alien life thinks like we do, inventing things like medicines, computers, radios, etc.? Or are they looking for any & all kinds of intelligence? I ask this because there may be life out there that is intelligent, but live as we do. Think of it this way: when Europeans first came to the Americas and found Native Americans, the Europeans thought that Native Americans were unintelligent for the most part (or at least that's what I've been taught in school anyways). Why was that? Because the Native Americans didn't try to build cities & try to dominate their world? I find this a lack of need to do these things, not a lack of ability. I also think about animals. Many people think that animals are unintelligent since they don't talk or make what we feel is advanced technology. I've seen many animals use tools, learn basic sign language, learn skills. Do people consider animals unintelligent because we have self-awareness and they don't? What's self-awareness? How do we know we have it and the animals don't? Maybe animals just manifest self-awareness differently. That's one thing I don't like about people saying they're looking for "intelligent" life. What kind of intelligence? Human style intelligence, or any kind of intelligence? I'm not trying to troll anybody or make anyone come to my perspective. I'm just trying to understand this. If I offended you, I apologize.