human-fundamental concepts aliens might lack:
- praise and/or disparagement
- linear time
for the past few years i’ve been hearing about how the bacteria in our intestines can influence our mental health. if we can be influenced so much by a few microbes, how incomprehensibly different from us might a silicon-based life form be? how far outside our realms of experience might such creatures live? does any human culture on this earth possess the language required to articulate it? are our brains even capable of comprehending it?