A Conversation for The Phoenix
The Cow Started conversation Oct 16, 2000
You said yourself that the Phoenix reproduces by burning up and being reborn in the flames: OK... it's not the same as the one father, one mother or the one sister approach (as favoured by amoebic(.net) lifeforms), but it's a reproduction method all the same.
Jamie of the Portacabin Posted Oct 16, 2000
OK, so I concede that technicaly speaking that's a reproduction method.
I personaly don't believe that the phoenix really existed although there are probably some extremist hippie types who do. If there is only one then the survival chances for the species as a whole would be low...especially if it sets fire to itself.
The Cow Posted Oct 16, 2000
Raven Posted Nov 9, 2000
Hmmm....in that case, <> (or "Maybe" for you non-French buffs ^_^) the Phoenix can only reproduce at certain times...like a life-cycle. I do, however, find it extremely doubtful that a species of 1 could effectively exist, unless it were extremely versatile and hard to kill off.
Clelba Posted Nov 9, 2000
Hi Raven! I'm a guardian angel , and I'd just like to suggest you write something in your space by clicking on edit page, then people can talk to you easily and freely. Won't the world be a much better place?
= ' =
The Cow Posted Nov 10, 2000
Raven Posted Nov 21, 2000
Umm...speaking as a relative "newbie" to H2G2...may I respond to that with a resounding "Huh???"
^_^ Explanation, s'il vous plais...*grins*
The Cow Posted Nov 22, 2000
What don't you quite understand?
If it's generation, click on the and you'll be whisked away to somewhere where you can learn all about them.
If it's the aces vs angels... well, that's a long story. The Aces are official, the angels aren't.
But they have *altitude*
MasLightningWolf Posted Aug 24, 2005
The Phoenix does exist. It reproduces through descendantive-clonage, a process scientists are still strangling themselves trying to achieve. First, the Phoenix makes a nest out of the leaves of the spice plant. Then the Phoenix (which is always female) lays an egg & bursts into flames to warm her egg, at which point (to some theories) her soul enters the egg. After the fire, the Phoenix' ashes fertilizes & nurishes the egg, which hatches into a new Phoenix.
I sincerely believe in the existence of the Phoenix, & I'm not even a 'hippie'.
Warrior-of-Virtue Posted May 18, 2008
It's possible that the concept, "Dies in the flame and is reborn from the ashes.", could've been a case of mistaken identity, so to speak. My personal theory on the phoenix is that it was a bird with the ability to secrete a combustible phosphate that ignited as soon as it came in contact with oxygen. It might have functioned in the same manner as the poison secreted by South American frogs, in that the bird automatically secreted it if frightened by something. The reason for said adaptation is fairly obvious. Any predator would think twice before attacking a bird that was literally on fire. To protect itself, it's plumage could have had a chemical composition similar to asbestos. However, this adaptation, if my theory is correct, had a serious flaw which likely contributed to the bird's eventual extinction. If the bird was in the middle of a molt, it would loose its protection from its own flame. Many phoenixes could have killed themselves by activating their flame while molting. This is where said mistaken identity occurred. It's possible that at one point, a female phoenix in the middle of a molt was guarding a clutch of eggs when someone stumbled upon her. The phoenix, in a panic at the sight of the person, would've activated her flame and ultimately died as a result. Now, at least one of the eggs, which likely had an extremely high heat threshold, survived the fire and began hatching shortly after its mother's death and forced its way out of her ashes. To the person, it would've seemed that the bird had died and been reborn. From there, the story of said phenomenon spread and the rest is history.
MasLightningWolf Posted Jun 4, 2008
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- 1: The Cow (Oct 16, 2000)
- 2: Jamie of the Portacabin (Oct 16, 2000)
- 3: The Cow (Oct 16, 2000)
- 4: Raven (Nov 9, 2000)
- 5: The Cow (Nov 9, 2000)
- 6: Clelba (Nov 9, 2000)
- 7: The Cow (Nov 10, 2000)
- 8: Clelba (Nov 10, 2000)
- 9: Raven (Nov 21, 2000)
- 10: The Cow (Nov 22, 2000)
- 11: MasLightningWolf (Aug 24, 2005)
- 12: Warrior-of-Virtue (May 18, 2008)
- 13: MasLightningWolf (Jun 4, 2008)