For decades we have been sending messages into space and hopefully watch for some reply…..so far little has returned.
First ever considered that those aliens out there may not want to talk to us or even acknowledge our existence?
But that aside….say we get a message in return saying “We are on our way”…..what then?
There have been many many movies that deal with this conundrum….one of my favorites was a Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man”…..
If and when they, ET, shows up will we have to fight? (As most SciFi movies would have us believe)
Or will we treat them as we treat most animals?
Scientists often kill animals — that’s just a grisly fact of biological research.
But it’s a bit more complicated in the theoretical future where we’ve made first contact with extraterrestrial life. At that point, science author Guy Harrison argues in a Psychology Today op-ed that biologists may have to come to terms with killing alien life in the name of scientific progress — which raises a difficult question: at what point does scientific inquiry outweigh the value of life?
Harrison suggests guidelines that future biologists may find helpful. For instance, any extraterrestrial life that shows signs of intelligence ought to be spared. In that case, we may be able to learn about the alien lifeform by using our words instead of our scalpels.
Could we be the lower form of life?
The larger questions of science……and now I leave them for “experts” to answer….if they can.
But the old professor will try……
When considering the prospect of alien life, humankind should prepare for the worst, according to a new study: Either we’re alone, or any aliens out there are acquisitive and resource-hungry, just like us.
These two unpalatable options are pretty much the only possibilities, according to the new study. That’s because evolution is predictable, and alien biospheres should thus produce intelligent creatures much like us, with technological prowess and an ever-increasing need for resources.
But the fact that we haven’t run across E.T. yet argues strongly for the latter possibility — that we are alone in the universe’s howling void, the study suggests.
Can we possibly predict the temperament of our alien pals?
Given the current state of our home planet, and indeed our species, it can seem a bit surplus to needs to speculate on whether extraterrestrials are going to one day come and eat us (or, well, you know, do anything equally unpleasant).
Nonetheless, the question of whether there’s anyone or anything ‘out there’ that might ever show up to cause trouble does seem to come around again, and again, and again. For example, it’s become a bit of a perennial topic for Stephen Hawking to mention, and he’s not alone among serious scientists in speculating on the outcome of any such encounter.
As with any effort to decode the likely thought processes or intents of entirely hypothetical lifeforms, the options are – shall we say – fairly loosely constrained.
I still like the Twilight Zone episode the best…….maybe with some roasted asparagus and a nice Bordeaux.
Any thoughts on this or anything else…maybe the failing dam in the UK?
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