posted on Mar, 3 2015 @ 04:47 AM
I am going to tell you something that is indeed very skunky, however, I have came to this conclusion...
If we were visited by aliens in primitive times, perhaps have they caused harm to our development, explaining why we suffer from many developmental
problems as a species?
I will illustrate with examples:
Language and knowledge
An alien language might prevent the natives from developing their own, and thus their development would be affected because they have simply copied
that language as opposed to developing it over many generations. Thus, they really would not have learnt how to speak on their own terms - using a
language designed by other races however still unable to truly communicate on familiar terms, dealing with meanings that are foreign to their
In the developmental phase, there was a stage where language was experimental, where language had not yet been standardised, one learnt to make up
their own words and even come up with their own style of written communications, one also learnt words and symbols from others and exchanged ideas, a
beautiful time of creative expression, hundreds of languages eventually developing, and also creating evolutionary traits that favoured those able to
effectively communicate and understand meaning as opposed to a set of inflexible definitions.
We now move to the transferal of knowledge, made possible by the development of written word.
When one creates a question they search for an answer through the application of their own intellect, however, when a native race is given their
answers (knowledge) by a foreign race, the natives are affected because they are not required to think for themselves anymore, and this is especially
the case when knowledge becomes religion and such knowledge becomes regimented.
Thus, developmentally, the capacity to think independently, the first expression of complex thought made possible by the understanding of language is
stifled. When the natives use the foreign ideas and knowledge, and especially when they choose to incorporate it in a system of education, they accept
the superiority of the foreign race implicitly, and cease to trust ideas that they had developed on their own.
For example, if an alien book was found and interpreted by a race that had naturally developed their own knowledge base, the native race would likely
be able to examine it in detail and also to pose their own questions about the text and thus choose to reject things that they disagree with - if it
was found by a race still developing language in the form of the written word, such a text might be accepted automatically without scrutiny, the
natives still yet to develop the ability to forge their own thoughts and express their own concepts, they accept what was given to them.
Any object can affect the technological development of a race, a gun is obvious as its duplication can lead to additional fatalities and also in the
future might prematurely lead to advanced weapons that could cause extinction-level events.
There are even seemingly harmless items that can cause severe damage.
It can be illustrated with a story:
A scout ship lands on a planet containing developing humanoids, a surveyor, disguised, was able to roam about the surface and take notes. Without his
knowledge a small flying children's toy had been in his ship when he landed, and it managed to fly out of the ship an onto the surface of the planet.
When one of the natives saw the object, she learnt how to operate it by turning its crank... When it finally flew she went insane, flapping her arms
violently, trying to fly like the toy, becoming confused because she could not do the same.
Once her tribe found the object it was passed around to different individuals, to different tribes, and what occurred was that the psyche of an entire
race was affected.
Reverse-engineering objects is also a problem as a race can reach an advanced technological level with borrowed technology however still not possess
the intelligence that a race would have if they had developed such technology by themselves.