The Omnivorous Mind

I’ve been thinking recently, would our species have achieved its intelligence, civilisation, technology etc if we hadn’t have been omnivorous? And, by extension,does intelligent life in the universe only (or very typically) evolve from omnivorous species? My thinking is that a carnivorous or herbivorous species is locked into a non-risk taking groove, while omnivores have to constantly assess new things (and thus increasing intelligence over generations).

Might even explain humanity’s rough political spectrum with progressives (‘hey, let’s try eating this new thing’) and conservatives (‘let’s stick to eating this same thing’). Would a carnivorous or herbivorous species develop that same spectrum of thought?

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been pondering. Now for some tea…

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