posted on Jan, 17 2008 @ 11:20 AM
It does seem reasonable to assert that if they were warlike or had the occasional conflict space travel would be impossible because of the perceived
fragility of spacecraft ( as man makes them). If a system fails there is major potential for hazard of the human crew.
This assumes that alien space craft are fragile and have non-redundant engineering. It could be that an alien civilization have developed craft solely
to endure mass amounts of damage and in the event something is broke a back up system kicks in. This is in a sense a tenant of biology where system
failure is typically backed up by other redundant systems. Perhaps this hypothetical species has non-atmospheric rules of engagement, and they abide
Also the argument that they would have wiped themselves out has yet to be seen as a comparison to humans. Humans have yet to wipe themselves out.
There are a lot of prognostications of doom; Global warming, Nuclear apocalypse. None of these events have, as yet, manifested and there are many
detractors to both theories that are very credible.
Also the suggestion of a council or a prime directive that limits maleveloent races and keeps them in check, or even the concept of fear are highly
anthropomorphic concepts. I think this is where most people make the biggest mistakes when contemplating alien life. They base a lot of it on uniquely
human behaviors , social structures , or values. These are hypothetical aliens after all.
It's possible that they have a biologically based caste system similiar to ants and on first contact they are offended by the very nature of species
that has individuality. So offended they seek to erase us. They would not practice such hostility on themselves because their instinct would prevent
individual thought or action.
Isn't also possible that there could be a unified consciousness that may be capable of duplicating itself to achieve certain tasks. It could
potentially be immortal and have evolved no mechanisms to deal with social interaction other then its' own aggregates in a mechanical sense as you
would move your arm or wiggle your toe. Our very presence to such a entity could, without any social instincts put us in a very risky position if it
was more advanced as we wouldn't know how it could act. Some solitary organisms on earth are somewhat anti-social and even assault their partners
while they mate with them.
What about a synthetic based intelligence. Non-organic ( a big computer). why would it grant us any measure of compassion if it wasn't programed or
didnt' program itself for it. All it may know is survival and expansion. It might purge us just because we could potentially do minnute amounts of
damage to it's exploratory probes.
How about a society of Human like organisms that transcended their biology , violently. As time progressed on their planet they were forced to
struggle against bio-luddites for rights of clinical immortality, genetic engineering of their children, Bionic equality. Eventually their superiority
through strength and mind led all to be converted lest the be obsolete or were forced to battle with the un-augmented for their right to live. By the
time they arrive here they have transfered all their memories , their minds, to synthetic or cybernetic platforms. Our biological nature may offend or
enrage them, an immortal population remembering the crimes biological entities committed on them in their past.