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    Re: Sentient alien - human marriages?

    It seems very improbable that we'd ever encounter alien sapients who were close enough to us physiologically that sexual attraction would be likely, and far more improbable that reproduction would be feasible.


    But for the sake of argument, let's say it was so. Let's say the aliens were more or less humanoid, that the genitalia and sexual practices were not entirely incompatible, that there wasn't something about us that totally grossed them out or something about them that totally grossed us out, like smell or something. It's a stretch, but I suppose it is possible.


    It can be tricky, marrying someone from another nationality or culture with very different customs, norms, expectations, and so on, just within the human race. I knew a guy who married a Japanese girl from a rather traditional family, and culture clash was such a problem that he said it was the primary reason they got divorced.

    With aliens, I'd think it would be at least an order of magnitude worse.

    If we could reproduce together, producing half-alien half-human children... there would be a lot of concerns there. Biocompatibility, allergic profiles, genetic virility (whether they'd be sterile), the possibility of incubating new dangerous diseases which neither species had natural immunity to... there would have to be careful study done.


    Offhand, I'm not really leaning towards forbidding it by law. I am generally disinclined to tell others what to do with their life, as long as their actions do not impact mine substantially, or threaten to destroy the society I live in. I'd be very cautious about the notion though, and would sincerely hope that my children/grandchildren/etc didn't decide they wanted to marry an alien.

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    Re: Sentient alien - human marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Okay, so I did ask this in another thread and it seems like a pretty interesting topic to discuss with allusions to how we view marriage.

    So, if we found out that there are sentient aliens out there who come to Earth for whatever reasons, would it be okay for them to marry humans legally and what restrictions would you put on them and why.

    Trekkies can look at as a Vulcan/human marriage. Or perhaps you prefer Alien Nation point of view, where they have no choice but to be here (since they crashed) and have become citizens themselves of our countries.

    Would you insist they be citizens of the country? Would you insist on male/female pairings only? Would you insist they be able to procreate with us? Would you push to make all such relationships illegal?

    And for all those who don't believe in aliens, either put aside your disbelief and pretend, or don't comment. The assumption is stated that there are sentient aliens as part of the thread idea and is necessary for progression of the thread.
    I would have no problem with it. I would have loved to get my hands, er whatever on one of those green Orion women.
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    Re: Sentient alien - human marriages?

    I always wonder why people believe sentient alien life couldn't be very humanoid. It is just as possible as any other likelihood, and from our own experience, of high probability.

    Now, it is certainly highly improbable that they would look just like us or even be able to procreate with us without help, but from scientific research, we have found certain sameness or similarities throughout living things, even things that are fairly alien to us.

    Scientists estimate about 60 billion alien planets capable of supporting life in our galaxy alone.

    Our galaxy could contain 60 BILLION alien planets capable of supporting life - double the number thought before | Mail Online

    And chances are good that life would develop similarly on different planets that have similar atmospheres and planet characteristics as ours. And we look for planets that are like ours when we look for possible life-bearing planets.
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    Re: Sentient alien - human marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I always wonder why people believe sentient alien life couldn't be very humanoid. It is just as possible as any other likelihood, and from our own experience, of high probability.

    Now, it is certainly highly improbable that they would look just like us or even be able to procreate with us without help, but from scientific research, we have found certain sameness or similarities throughout living things, even things that are fairly alien to us.

    Scientists estimate about 60 billion alien planets capable of supporting life in our galaxy alone.

    Our galaxy could contain 60 BILLION alien planets capable of supporting life - double the number thought before | Mail Online

    And chances are good that life would develop similarly on different planets that have similar atmospheres and planet characteristics as ours. And we look for planets that are like ours when we look for possible life-bearing planets.


    Interesting, but let's not get overly optimistic here. "Capable of supporting life" doesn't necessarily mean "capable of supporting human-like life as we know it". There are so many factors: gravity, atmospheric pressure and composition, elements present/common in the crust, radiation levels (a nonrotating tide-locked planet around a red dwarf probably would not have a magnetic field to protect against radiation like Earth), and so on.... lots of worlds could be capable of harboring "extremophile" bacteria but not any kind of life we'd be interested in doing the horizontal mambo with.

    Still, if even 1% of those potentially habitable planets are actually "habitable by human-like life" that would be 600 million worlds in our galaxy.... quite a few.

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    Re: Sentient alien - human marriages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Interesting, but let's not get overly optimistic here. "Capable of supporting life" doesn't necessarily mean "capable of supporting human-like life as we know it". There are so many factors: gravity, atmospheric pressure and composition, elements present/common in the crust, radiation levels (a nonrotating tide-locked planet around a red dwarf probably would not have a magnetic field to protect against radiation like Earth), and so on.... lots of worlds could be capable of harboring "extremophile" bacteria but not any kind of life we'd be interested in doing the horizontal mambo with.

    Still, if even 1% of those potentially habitable planets are actually "habitable by human-like life" that would be 600 million worlds in our galaxy.... quite a few.
    Oh absolutely. I would estimate even fewer than that would be truly actual life-bearing worlds at the same time as us, and then only a small percentage of that amount bearing sentient life. Earth didn't bear sentient life for the vast majority of its existence, so it isn't likely that all life would start at the same time or develop at the same rate as us.

    But even if only a few thousand planets in this galaxy were to bear sentient life, it isn't beyond imagining that some if not quite a few of those lifeforms might not be humanoid, vice reptilian or insect-like or water-bound life forms or something completely unimaginable to us.
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