A hardy welcome from myself as well. Glad you enjoyed the article. The third and final terminal article is already written and I'm working some of its topical aspects as we speak. It should be this upcoming week. Hopefully it works well.
Thanks guys for the welcome! I think I check the blog at least once daily... hah
Its nice to see that your community seems to be comprised of a bunch of older, wizened folks in the Halo community. I myself am a working professional with a college degree (not TOO old though, I'm 24), and it is refreshing to read intelligent dialogue in your forums and well written articles in your blog.
I'm a huge huge story buff and have read all the novels and delved deeply into the depths of the Halo universe at large. If you need help with anything theory-wise, I'm always available for help. But I'm sure you already have quite enough help as it is.
More back on topic though, vis-?-vis your write-up, it would seem that Bungie is taking the stance of a Darwin-based theory of evolution with regards to the emergence of sentience in all worlds capable of supporting it. Coupled with the acknowledgment by Staten in Contact Harvest that Humans basically ARE Forerunners, or direct descendants thereof, how is it that we as humans share so many traits with many species here on earth?
Do Forerunners also physically share our hairless bipedal half-monkey bodies? And yet are capable of these eons-long lifespans? It remains unclear to me.