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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    That and egoftib keeps up relations by smoking ragweed or some chit.
    I'll tell them you say "sup, dawg" next time I see 'em
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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Ain't no such thing.
    Probability would disagree with you.
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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Probably depends on the species. There are probably some alien species that would be hostile toward us, and lots of alien species that would be friendly or wouldn't care about us at all.

    On this planet, predators generally seem to be more intelligent than prey...so it's very likely that any intelligent aliens evolved from predators as well. That may or may not play a role in their behavior by the time they achieve the ability to travel into space.

    On the other hand, any alien species achieving that capability would have almost certainly learned not to behave violently towards one another...whether that translates into not behaving violently towards other intelligent species is hard to speculate.

    Since we have no idea what route evolution would take on other planets, it's almost impossible to speculate as to how they would behave. They could be so different from us that we wouldn't even recognize them as an alien species.
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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    Looking at all living creatures on our own planet almost everything alive attacks and kills. (Even many plants somehow developed different defense mechanisms). So it is my belief that the highest probability is that aliens wont be a bit friendly.

    Likely not in our lifetime but future generations may see this as a reality.

    I would like to hear if it's yes or no or we are alone from you and logical reasons.
    History tells us that ETs are malevolent and benign, depending on their species and, for lack of better term, political lean. They have waged wars on mankind and each other. Some gave man knowledge to help, others to corrupt.

    Recent history over the last several hundred years shows us that whenever a society with significantly advanced technology interferes with a much lesser developed people, the outcome is catastrophe for the lesser people.

    It would seem that this is true regardless of what planets the species come from or go to.

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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    Probability would disagree with you.
    Probability is welcome to. I am confident I'd win though.

    Much more so if we limit the definition to minimally intelligent life.

    There is a lot of speculation, but no proof.

    Leprechauns are far more likely to exist than spacemen.

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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    Looking at all living creatures on our own planet almost everything alive attacks and kills. (Even many plants somehow developed different defense mechanisms). So it is my belief that the highest probability is that aliens wont be a bit friendly. Likely not in our lifetime but future generations may see this as a reality. I would like to hear if it's yes or no or we are alone from you and logical reasons.
    It is extremely doubtful that any aliens with galactic space-travel capability would journey amongst the stars themselves. The most economical and safe method to explore the cosmos would be by using surrogate devices/beings with artificial intelligence. This may even be accomplished on the nano scale. It is also doubtful that we would attract much attention, being a primitive species still reliant on fossil fuels. How much interest do we ourselves invest in the ants at our very feet?

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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Any alien species advanced enough to have conquered intergalactic space travel wouldn't be interested enough in our primitive, war-mongering society to contact us. There are trillions of planets in the universe capable of nurturing intelligent life. We'd be mathematical idiots to deny the odds. However, if they did wish to do so, they would clearly have enough firepower to wipe out our planet as easily as we can wipe out a nest of termites. We overestimate our importance in the grand scheme of things, methinks.

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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    It is extremely doubtful that any aliens with galactic space-travel capability would journey amongst the stars themselves. The most economical and safe method to explore the cosmos would be by using surrogate devices/beings with artificial intelligence. This may even be accomplished on the nano scale. It is also doubtful that we would attract much attention, being a primitive species still reliant on fossil fuels. How much interest do we ourselves invest in the ants at our very feet?
    This is true. Although I don't think it would necessarily be surrogate devices; I think that it's highly likely that after a certain point in technological development, intelligent species simply abandon their biology entirely and become artificial themselves.
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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    This is true. Although I don't think it would necessarily be surrogate devices; I think that it's highly likely that after a certain point in technological development, intelligent species simply abandon their biology entirely and become artificial themselves.
    Good point. I wanted to say something similar earlier but couldn't word it. I think after riding technology so far we will realize we are just mimicking life. I think probability rests on we live in a artificial world.

    On another note, if we ever get complex enough to copy our entire earth in digital format. Whos to say it hasn't then been done already and that is excatly what we are in. If we are given 100% of the choices that exist in a real world then wouldn't we think we where in a real one?
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    Re: Will aliens be friendly or hostile?

    It's worth keeping in mind that if alien intelligence visits this planet, it will have a reason for doing so-- and that its reaction to encountering us will have to do with that reason and with their ethics for dealing with others.

    Reverse the question: Ask, if we managed to reach outside our solar system, and a planet that we were interested in showed signs of alien intelligence upon it, how would we react? Were we looking for the lifeforms, or for the planet itself? What do we want?

    If you want, you can think about whether or not our answers would be different in a couple hundred years, or a couple thousand.

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