Haven't done one of these in a quite a while now.
The background reading includes two posts from today: Trey's review of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the idea certain aspects suggest Farscape, and a post at Realms of Chirak on 'citogenesis', essentially a lack of care in recording knowledge.
What's the connection? Read this article at the IEET site on the idea of intelligence limiting itself.
The question then. Is intelligence an evolutionary dead end and what role does culture play in this?_