posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 12:25 PM
There's a big difference between humans discriminating agianst other humans, as if they were animals, and humans interacting with alien beings. An
alien 'intelligence' may be, and probably will be, utterly inhuman, unrecognizable as 'sentient' or anything like that.
As far as they have 'humanity', then humans should treat them more or less equally. There is no way to know if they have any aspects of
Even that is part of the problem you are alluding too, why should we 'discriminate' against organisms that are completely lacking in any
humanity? At the same time, why shouldn't we? We treat animals rather harshly, we raise them as livestock and slaughter them for food. Why should
we treat alien life any different? And, at the same time, why would it treat us any different? Why should it treat 'humans' in the same
manner that they treat one another, especially if they are so completely and inherently different? We don't expect frogs to treat humans like they
treat other frogs, nor vice versa. And those are organisms that are related, aliens, we'd be completely unrelated to.
How we interact with aliens is going to depend on what they are like. If they are basically humanoid and human-ish, then we'll want to treat them
like humans, if they are blobs of jelly without centralized brains, emotions, mercy, or recognizable characteristics, we're going to probably act
different to them.
THe biggest problem is that we simply don't know anything about aliens. We can talk about 'aliens like the grays' but we don't even know if they
exist, we can only speculate about them in terms of their being like or unlike humans. Our 'perspective' is, necessarily, biased, we can't imagine
what is going on in the head of a truly alien being, even if it has a recognizable head.