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18th Oct '17 4:15:13 PM Xtifr
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* In A. Bertram Chandler's short story "The Cage", survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or demonstrating mathematics fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.

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* In A. Bertram Chandler's Creator/ABertramChandler's short story "The Cage", survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or demonstrating mathematics fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.
25th Nov '16 9:27:55 AM Generality
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* The so-called Beagles in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' series are basically a race of WolfMen. Because they're furry, they don't need clothing, and because they lack opposable thumbs, they have a limited ability to use tools, but they still wear belts containing basic implements and weapons.
6th Sep '16 5:11:12 PM Prime32
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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', one of the story's many NothingIsTheSameAnymore moments is triggered by the appearance of a blurry photo that seems to depict an [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Invess]] carrying a sword. [[spoiler:[[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. Sengoku]] immediately has all records of the photo erased while he conducts his own investigation, fearing that if the Invess have [[MonsterLord "Overlords"]] smart enough to negotiate with humans, then this could ruin his plans to use their invasion for his own benefit.]]
18th May '16 2:44:42 AM PaulA
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* In the fantasy trilogy ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', one of the main characters is an Intelligent Toad who doesn't wear clothes but does wear a sword belt and a pack with his equipment in. Both are actually spelled to prevent people noticing them if he doesn't want them to, because in his line of work there are times when it's useful for people to ''not'' realize he's sapient.
18th May '16 2:36:01 AM PaulA
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* Discussed in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'', in which a survey team are trying to figure out if the local birdlike aliens, which have never been seen using tools, are sapient. The protagonist points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the birdlike aliens, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]

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* Discussed in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'', ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', in which a survey team are trying to figure out if the local birdlike aliens, which have never been seen using tools, are sapient. The protagonist points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the birdlike aliens, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]
6th May '16 2:04:22 AM PaulA
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* Discussed in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'', in which a survey team are trying to figure out if the local birdlike aliens, which have never been seen using tools, are sapient. The protagonist points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the birdlike aliens, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]
12th Dec '15 3:55:39 AM onegun
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* In L. Neil Smith's Confederacy novels, there is an uplifted coyote named G. Howell Nuahuatl (the G. stands for Greenriver). He wears a vocoder collar, synced to the impulses in his cybernetically augmented brain, and a custom motile collar equipped with twin guns and ear pads to protect his hearing. In later stories, he uses a backpack that has a cybernetically controlled hand
25th Feb '14 11:18:29 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.
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* Inverted in David Brin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series when humans are considered inferior to whales and dolphins because we are unable to do things without using tools.

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* Inverted {{Inverted}} in David Brin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series when humans are considered inferior to whales and dolphins because we are unable to do things without using tools.



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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.
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19th Jan '14 2:23:19 PM alchixinren
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19th Jan '14 2:22:17 PM alchixinren
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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too.
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