posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 01:50 AM
According to Hollywood, Earth is surely one of the galaxy's "top places to visit before you die." Cinema aliens come here often enough that the
State Department should probably set up passport control.
Of course, that's fiction. But in the last hundred years, Homo sapiens has been flamboyantly belching clues into space that could alert technically
savvy extraterrestrials of our presence. Radar and television, odd chemical compounds in the atmosphere, and even the occasional spacecraft sent
beyond the heliopause are all messages in bottles that could conceivably wash up on the shores of ET's planet.
Nonetheless, maybe this dystopian view is worth considering. Would the extraterrestrials come here — if not to kill us — then to take our
resources or compromise our virtue?
The answer, of course, falls within the discipline of alien sociology — a field in which the data are, shall we say, sparse. Indeed, since we have
no idea what the mores or motivations of extraterrestrials might be, you might conclude that, really, there's nothing we can say about whether the
aliens would come here or not.
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