posted on Apr, 17 2009 @ 07:22 PM
Originally posted by Nohup
Originally posted by kiwifoot
Seriously... how would we (assuming they are intelligent life forms and have their own means of communication) communicate and what would we
Got me thinking of the old "Take me to your leader!" scenario, but seriously how do you forsee this?
There's not going to be any real chance of two-way communication using radio with anything past 200 light years or so. That's a pretty long delay.
And just because they're broadcasting doesn't mean they'll be listening for us.
The assumption with all of this is that they'll be creatures essentially like us, with the same basic technology. Personally, I think the odds of
that are extremely slim. Still, you never know. Maybe we'll find some other way to communicate in the next few decades (subspace, or whatever), and
it'll turn out we were listening to the wrong stuff all along.
The OP touched on this a little bit, that it'll be jsut as miraculous that we can talk to the aliens as them actualyl existing. I would imagine the
point is that if they're not using radio waves to transmit signals, they might be too much different from us to communicate.
There is another problem, the "angels or apes" scenario. It goes like this- The universe is 14 billions years old. The Earth is 4 billion years
old. Human life is 1 million years old. Human civilization is about 10,000 years old.
What are the odds that if we do contact an alien civilization, that it will be anywhere close to us on the technologicla scale? Probably nil. the
odds are much, much greater that we'll find alien life, even if it's intelligent, that is not civilized- apes.
On the other hand, imagine human life is 100 years. 1000 years. 100,000 years. These are blniks in the age of the universe, but incomprehensible to
us. Assuming our civilziaiton doesn't fall, in 100,000 years humans will very likey be a postsingularity civilzatio beyondcurrent human
Now I don't necessarilly beleive in thsi view, but it is a rela possibility. Anges or Apes, but almot never Men.