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The Contact thread got me thinking of a question I've always liked to toss about....Given their technological superiority, I think the best move would be to extend the olive branch and pray. What say you RCMB?
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Depends - are they landing in Ann Arbor?
Look at historical examples on earth of technologically superior cultures visiting technologically inferior cultures.
Of course, look at the motivations those cultures had for visiting.
It breaks down to two groups:
1) Acquiring wealth
2) Acquiring knowledge
One of those still goes on through anthropologists visiting tribal groups to write ethnographies. There is no guarantee either way, but the aliens might be here merely to observe how life on earth evolved and why.
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Have you seen the program on Nat Geo that talks about the hypothetical of an alien invasion and how it would play out? Apparently the Pentagon has plans laid out to fight an "unknown superior fighting force". Anyway, the consensus the show came to was that as history has shown us there is only one way to defeat a superior force: guerrilla warfare. They would kick the shit out of us but we could hopefully wear them down and in the end there would be more of us left standing than them.
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Meh, the experts have been watching too much of TNT's Falling Skies
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If humans had the ability to travel to another planet that is technologically inferior right now, would we do the same?
i felt compelled to upvote this
It's highly likely that even if aliens weren't hostile they would undoubtedly wipe out a major portion if not all of human existence upon visiting us. Just look at our immune system. Even if that wasn't true they would probably be visiting to find natural resources and it would end up becoming a war which we would lose anyway.
We'd probably be cool with them. We wouldn't be sending over idiots from the Middle East. It would be US astronauts. There's a bit of a difference between blood thirsty fools living in ancient times compared to an advanced culture.
We send soldiers to the Middle East to ensure our own oil supply. What makes you so sure the second mission wouldn't be soldiers to 'protect diplomats?'
We come in peace.
The more important question is what they would order off the 2 for 20 menu at Applebees
If they aren't hostile to us, we would be to them. Think about how we interact with every other living thing on our planet. Dolphins are the humans of the oceans, which I will argue is the closest thing to another world full of life we will ever come across. We don't belong in the ocean...it is entirely foreign to us...and dolphins reign supreme. We make almost no effort to live symbiotically with dolphins...why would we to another foreign species...especially of they were land-dwelling as they would almost certainly have to be for space travel.
If anyone hasn't seen district 9, they should. An interesting movie that takes a different, and I would argue more realistic approach to how we would interact with another species.
No question about it, this is the more pressing question.
It could go both ways, you know. Maybe the herp is fatal to them. After all, monkeys live with AIDS don't they?
Will they have 3 bewbs?
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I don't doubt that extraterrestials that visited Earth would also die from viruses here on Earth. Those that did, would probably not make it back to their home planet
Or maybe viruses and bacteria that evolved on Earth to exploit the genetics and internal environment of species on Earth would not be able to survive in the environment present inside of an alien's body.
Yes, I imagine that they would be hostile to humans.
If they are so advanced, they probably wouldn't have any need for our natural resources. I think we're programmed to think that because of our own oil "predicament"...and because of that douchebag James Cameron.
If there wasn't a problem, artists wouldn't have to point out that there is a problem.
natural resources doesn't mean resources that produce energy
Wait...say what now?...I was talking specifically about "intergalactic resource plundering"...Is that a thing?
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