posted on Jul, 2 2007 @ 01:31 PM
I think it's very easy to project our own human motivations and emotions onto a hypothetical alien, since that's all we know. But our emotions and
viewpoints are a result of our long evolution into this form, and there's no logical reason to assume that an alien intelligence would have any of
the same kinds of feelings or reasoning. If there are aliens, then they might not even exist in a way we can understand.
Basic things, like the structure of our lives -- from birth through childhood and adulthood and eventually to death -- might not be anything at all
like an alien would experience. Imagine if they were part of a large mass, like a fungus. They aren't really "born" so much as they bud off.
They are at their maximum intelligence at birth, and as they fall off, they deteriorate. An alien like that might not even have the concept of an
individual person or a species developing and growing and learning, eventually reaching a point of improvement. So the idea that we might somehow
grow and earn the right to interact with them makes no sense to them.
Things like immortality, being a part of a collective like a slime mold or a crystal, being vaporous, moving through or perceiving other dimensions we
can't, etc., would all make a difference in the way these things might think.
In fact, they might not even be able to categorize us as something they understand to be "alive." To them, we could just be some kind of odd,
transient blobs that bump together and split off each other, but don't appear to have any overall goal or purpose, no connection to the hidden
sub-fields of the Universe common to all real living things, and no recognizable intelligence.
When considering the prospect of contact, I generally find that people aren't thinking nearly alien enough. It's very doubtful that the Star Trek
notion of aliens being basically like us but just with different shaped foreheads is anywhere near accurate.