posted on Mar, 20 2008 @ 06:59 PM
I still don't see how an extraterrestrial race could -- in any way -- share our current perspective of our history.
To illustrate -- and I actually tried this out -- You need a very, very powerful telescope, equipped with a ridiculously powerful sound
amplifier. It should also be able to locate and track 'historical figures' as they are born all over the planet. But that's not all: it should also
be capable of monitoring massive change. I mean massive; it should be able to measure the popular opinion of successive (and
exponentially increasing) generations. Most cheap knockoffs today can only monitor a population that wouldn't even cover the moon; you'll want to
watch out for that.
And of course, you'll need several of these, and a team of at least twenty Rigelian street bums. (They'll do anything for a nickel, as long
as it is legal under Rigelian law).
The final ingredient, though, is what caused me to abandon the entire project. Too much time was required to man the project; I needed several billion
years -- new planet; don't ask -- but I was only in Rigel for a weekend.
To conclude; I don't think anyone needs to be ready for anything. When you consider some of the carnage caused by us against our own -- slave
trading, Spaniards in South America -- do you ever wonder if we were 'ready' to meet each other? One opinion here is no: but the obvious thing is
that we met anyway. I think we'll deal with it, if extraterrestrial civilizations become a daily reality.