Originally posted by jasonjnelson
So how can I say this with absolute certainty? Read on and I will present my case...
Here we go... Absolute certainty, always a promising start.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with the term "prime directive"? This term comes from the fictional universe that exists within Star Trek.
Of course, why wouldn't a species that developed on a completely different planet evolve a culture so similar to that of the USA that they come up with some of the same ideas as some of our most idealistic people and then put it into practice?
The point is, and I will lay it out, is that I believe that there has to be a plan for us that comes from the other beings in this Galaxy. That although some of these civilizations may not even register who or what we are, there are others who do.
Sure, since many of them don't know we exist and the ones that do are as advanced beyond our top nations as our top nations are beyond dirt farmers in New Guinea, they must have a big plan for us. Maybe we're going to save them just like in the Last Starfighter!
1) Multiple Alien species exist.
What does this prove? Well, we all know of Drakes equation, and using that, we can assume that there are thousands of planets where life evolved to advanced societies.
For those who don't know much about Drake's Equation (like jasonjnelson, aparently), here's a link: Drake's Equation
The default values in that form are highly inflated, particularly ne, fl, fi, and fc. Even still, the number of societies in the galaxy is only 1000. If you have any grasp at all of how vast the galaxy is, you know that 'needle in a haystack' is a gross understatement.
2) We do not have a plan for contact, but they will.
Yes, at the very least they will have noticed that there was life here long before they were in weapons range. But we're as dumb as sheep compared them, their plan might just be to shave us and make terrible socks from our wool. Actually, they will find a lot more useful and interesting things on earth than humans. It's doubtful that we'd fulfill their nutritional requirements very well and our bones are not very good building materials. They'll probably take our water and cows. And, if they're a race of leprechauns, our gold.
I don't think that there is the ability to prepare for such a varying possibility.
You are dead on with this point. Don't expect whatever drops down from they sky to have two eyes on it's face and communicate with audible language using nouns, verbs, and adjectives. It's highly likely that they're so different from us that we will have no hop at all of ever opening a meaningful dialog.
And that through that contact, they have adopted a ruling body that regulates such things.
This is just wild speculation. The galaxy is so ridiculously vast that it's impossible to imagine how any laws could be enforced throughout. Think about how lawless the American West was while it was being settled. The galaxy is a trillion times harder to control.
3) We may be a pawn in an intergalactic political battle.
The speculation gets wilder.... notice how each of your points relies entirely on one or more of your earlier points and then gets even less likely? This is not the way to prove something.
4) They are not here to harvest us or our resources.
Then why are they here? (hint: They're not.)
Anyway, that is it. I think that using this theory, one could go to bed at night knowing that "War of the Worlds" is just a movie. I know the thread title is slightly misleading, but can you argue with it?
Yes, I did. Also, what you have presented is not a theory or a testable hypothesis. It's just your dream.