Re: [GZG] A number of scientists respond to Hawking's concerns about Aliens
From: Tom B <kaladorn@g...>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 20:08:02 -0400
Subject: Re: [GZG] A number of scientists respond to Hawking's concerns about Aliens
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thought here was that we shouldn't meet Aliens on their terms
(as in, they show up here with tech advantage vs. we show up somewhere
with tech advantage) because we cannot depend on their good natures.
may be out in search of resources.
It is also good to see that those in academia can actually discuss this
of thing now. SETI seems to have been embarked on without (to my mind)
adequate concern about who might be out there and what they might be
If anyone read Luna Marine, Semper Mars, and Europa Strike by Ian
you'd have been exposed to the theoretical question - if there are so
aliens out there, why haven't we heard from any? The answer in the books
'the Hunters of the Dawn' - some unspecified race that must have made it
unwise to stick your head up in the universe (for Darwinian reasons). A
read (as well as the follow on trilogy) for the military SF and the
evolution of the sort of warfare that goes on as relativistic effects
to distance your military from their point of origins. It's also of some
interest to Traveller folks because the original author was one of the
To Allan's point about SETI: Maybe it is a good thing if we can't be
too far out.
I see no reason to believe Aliens we meet will be more like E.T. than
found on LV426. We've only really got human and Terran animal biology to
by, but it seems most of the time, when we've met other human groups for
first time, they've had many of the same sorts of behaviours we have
or bad). Some of this seems to be because of similar evolutionary
Since we have no idea what alien evolutionary realities would be like,
presume they'd be benevolent? That seems like a prayer more than a
rationally defendable position.