Poll: scary?
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yeah, hella scary
48 29%
naw, they're cute
32 19%
ride the walrus
85 52%
Voters: 165.
#1
lets assume they were peaceful. it doesnt mean we would be able to understand what there purpose here was, but would it scare you to know that unknown species with superior technology could come to earth whenever they want?
#3
How's the mexican restaurant going?

Probably not... There's already lots of things we can't understand within our world (paranormal)
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#6
What's ride the walrus?

And if they were peaceful... then... I dunno, it'd be funny to see how the religious nutjobs respond to it though.
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#9
If they were peaceful I wouldn't be scared. Why would we care if we don't understand their purpose here when we don't know our own purpose here?
#10
I don't think I'd be scared, assuming they're friendly.

If we visited an alien planet and found life, would WE want to wipe it all out completely?
#11
It's all cool. If they were peaceful, then we would have no reason to be afraid. Except when one of the leading dumbasses of the world gets ancy and gets us all killed.

First contact(if it hasn't happened yet) could welcome a major leap in technology and hopefully, world politics.
#12
Would be interesting I guess, but, to vaguely quote Stephen Hawking, on our own planet we don't have a great history or tolerance and co-habitation with species or people of 'lesser' intelligence. For example, the mistreatment of the Native Americans and Aboriginals, so if they did turn up, if they were anything like us, they'd probably exploit us or just annihilate us straight away. But peaceful aliens, that's another matter entirely! You'd hope that aliens of higher intelligence had managed to evolve beyond our culture or exploitation.

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#13
it's very unlikely
I fell asleep on my arm once, scariest thing that ever happened to me. I thought it was kill.
#14
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Ride the walrus!

If they look anything like the chicks in Species I won't be scared

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#15
ride the walrus! also, what BLToast said
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#16
Well seen as though we have'nt come into contact with them publicly, i don't think they would after a few more years!
#17
Unless ridiculous precautions are taken, chances are the environment repercussion from such an event would be huge. A lot of **** would die. There'd be good reason to be scared, even if both sides had only the best of intentions.
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#18
I'm a huge Trekkie so I don't think I'd be too scared. The Vulcans were pretty chill, right?
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#19
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They have the technological ability to visit us. They could annihilate us very easily.

So yeah, I would.


Just say for instance, the 'aliens' live on the moon*, and are located in a completely different colour sprectrum. Therefore, we humans could not see them, but they may be able to see us. They would be just as scared about us on their planet as we think we would be if they were visible on Earth.


*Replace moon with any planet we can access.

Kinda irrelevant to the thread, but it's something to think about I guess.
#21
How could you expect serious answers with an option in the poll named: "Ride the Walrus"?


#22
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How could you expect serious answers with an option in the poll named: "Ride the Walrus"?


Wow

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#26
Depends if there here to Kill me.
Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who...
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#28
Hm aliens living here, alien rights, mega overpopulation.

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If we visited an alien planet and found life, would WE want to wipe it all out completely?


If we were desperate for some kind of resources, or if the aliens were some huge destructive primitive flesh eating lama's , then maybe we'd consider wiping some out.
#29
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If they look anything like the chicks in Species I won't be scared


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#30
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Hm aliens living here, alien rights, mega overpopulation.


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#31
WARNING: SERIOUS POST AHEAD!


1) Are aliens intelligent?
-Well, they've got a spaceship, don't they?. So yes, they are.

2)Is their intelligence comparable to ours?
There are different forms of intelligence. For example, there is logic, which helps analysing and interpreting nature among other things, there is also something called social intelligence, which helps us interact and live with others. Those aren't the only forms of intelligence, but they are the most important for what I'll try to explain a bit later.

The key to understanding human intelligence is understanding it's heritage, which means understanding that it is the result of millions of years of evolution, which means that it is nothing but a 'tool' that helped our species survive. Mammals like humans best live in groups that can protect the individual from it's enemies, be that predators or starvation. That's where our social intelligence stems from: Without it, humanity would have died out; we need the help of each other, because we are small, week, slow and therefore totally f*cked when we're on our own.
All our ethics that we just 'feel' are right come from that. We feel obliged to do what is best for the clan. We're genetically predispositioned to be social beings.

But how about aliens?
If we assume there are unbelievably many possible ways how their species might have evolved because of different living conditions, how big are the chances that they have developed the same morals? Let me say this again: Ethics are a direct result of evolution!
Some animals eat their own kind, maybe they do so, too? Maybe they don't think the life of an individual has some value. They might live like bees, where every 'person' just serves a purpose and is killed if he doesn't do what he's supposed to. Or maybe they just won't view us as equal to them and won't even care about us. Or eat us for dinner because of that.
There is a chance that we share SOME views with them, but nobody can tell how many.
So even if they come with peaceful intentions, chances are we just won't get along.

Another thing is the level of intelligence.
How are the chances that the aliens are EXACTLY as smart as we are? Not so very high, as there are different forms of intelligence, all developed to a different standard in each species. If they are only a little less intelligent, we will probably get bored with them and won't be able to see them as equal beings. They on the other hand, won't be able to comprehend our actions and will have to assume that they are chaotic and senseless.
It's even worse if it's the other way around, if we are the dumb ones: We won't know how to deal with our new super intelligent 'friends' and will never be able to tell if they're doing us any good or if they are screwing us over. They might even come to the conclusion that we are mere dumb animals and don't deserve to be treated like an intelligent species. Well, why not? From they're point of view, they have every right to assume this.
And because I still don't have a clue about their ethics, I can only imagine the sh*t they might put us through.

tl;dr: You better be scared.
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#35
Yes.
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#36
I'd show them the kama sutra.
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#37
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They have the technological ability to visit us. They could annihilate us very easily.

So yeah, I would.


Not if their civilisation isn't based around war.
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#39
Ride the Walrus!
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#40
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