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originally posted by: jonnywhite
I know, I know, they know what they're doing. There's nothing to worry about. It's not like we've made mistakes before, I know.
We got to move ahead anyway. We can't sit and worry ourselves over the small things. Progress always carries with it risk.
I say hte above only half sarcastically because it's true too.
originally posted by: stormbringer1701
I didn't say we haven't screwed up. it's nearly impossible to not contaminate a probe at some point before launch. it has to be handled to attach it to the booster and add the fairing after all. but the point is if we care enough to try not to accidentally send microbes for fear of them somehow out competing native microbes then obviously we'd care about more complex life more and intelligent life most of all.
"I wonder if they would come to the same conclusion if we would have confirmation that oceans on the surface of Venus existed for billions of years until fairly recently," Schulze-Makuch said, and that life originated there and later found a refuge in the Venusian atmosphere. Even as hostile conditions gradually increased within the atmosphere, life may have been able to hang on and could still be present in the cloud layers, he suggested.
"For me this is an entirely plausible scenario," Schulze-Makuch added.
originally posted by: SeaWorthy
a reply to: Astyanax
One thing, though: why blame humanity for behaving just the same as any other species would?
Maybe because mankind claims to be superior to other species. There is always talk of values and such but lack of matching actions.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
Is it possible that there are primitive extraterrestrial civilizations?
Now a lot of people portray extraterrestrials as technologically advanced. Now what if there are some extraterrestrial civilizations that are primitive?
Like Extraterrestrials that is technologically in the level of Hunter Gatherers and the Middle Ages?
However, what if humanity come into close contact with them?
One of my greatest fear was due to humanity's savage nature they would try to seek to brutally subjugate that civilization.
A lot of people may argue that humanity might evolve into compassionate beings by the time they reach the cosmos but the cynical side on me says no matter what we do, there's always going to be darkness on our hearts.
I mean look at history and today humanity can't get along with each other because of stupid reasons like race, religion, and class. If humans encounter extraterrestrials it would be worse because humans would justify their brutality against them by saying that they are not humans.
Maybe because mankind claims to be superior to other species.
Oh wait, that was story of humans on earth, I'm not too sure what we'd do with ETs, maybe claim they weren't real in the 1st place?
Living microorganisms is not in the cards, even underground in deep craters in sunless place. As they say, the moon is FAR drier than the direst desert on Earth.)