I’m not going to continue the subject of whether current IP laws are helpful or harmful because I feel we had plenty of time to hash that idea out. What I meant be “transparently, factually false” was Platonism. You raise an alternative way that property could predate human thought by presenting animals as having a kind of property.
I think the issue here is that property is not a thing that you prevent others from using, it is a thing you have a right to prevent others from using. Many animals have property in the sense that they will fight or kill things that infringe on their “property” but that standard of property is one that condones murder and theft as a legitimate way to acquire property. If my “property” becomes your “property” the moment you take it from me be force, I’m not sure what the word “property” is doing there - it seems like, “thing I have” would be a better description.
Still, there are probably examples of animal behavior where the culture enforces some kinds of rights of ownership, and that’s a good point. A concept of people owning things may go back before we had language to express it. I still find the idea of secrets being property very dubious. Without a legal framework to back that up, most of the time when someone finds out your secret the response of society is, “Well, if you didn’t want them to know, you should have kept it secret.”
Like I said, a person can’t use their ownership of knowledge of their affair to sue their spouse who is using that intellectual property to financially harm them with a divorce, so clearly “secrets” are not property. At some point we obviously developed a distinction between a certain kind of secret that people use in production and any other secret, but that distinction would have been made in a response to a social ill resulting from these secrets being uncovered (or more likely from influence of wealthy people who didn’t want their secrets to be used by others). Grandma’s cookie recipe would be a secret about how to produce a particular good, but if I drop the recipe card in public I can’t claim a right to sue when someone else uses it, nor can I reasonably argue that it’s a defect in the law that I can’t. If I actually produced those cookies commercially and went and got the patent on that particular method of producing them then I it would make sense to call it my property to me. How do you distinguish my “intellectual property” from “things I happen to know that you don’t happen to know.” I feel like there has to be a distinction between those two things, and I don’t see what that distinction is if we call every secret property.