reply to post by EsSeeEye
I think it is highly likely aliens know we are here because the ancient past indicated to extraterrestrial astronomers that we (or another sentient
species) was going to eventually evolve here on this earth at some point in the future.
I see it this way and in a way that was not covered by your OP. At our stage in technological development we have already discovered 373 planets
outside our system and even now we are developing means at an exponential rate to fine tune this search to enable more detailed facts to come up about
atmospheric compositions and geological compositions on those planets.
If an ancient extraterrestrial civilisation had seen our earth through even loosely related telescopic means and with a technology vastly more
advanced than what we have today, they would have seen the very same things that make our earth so hospitable, from the gasses in the atmosphere. I
would go a step further and think they could also detect biomass levels.
Simple cells started to increase on earth perhaps three and a half billion years ago and simple animals were around say six hundred million years ago.
This means the earth was already standing out as a possible candidate for life to evolve into something much more and all that was needed for this
fact to be detected from the outside was the vast passage of time. On this basis I think it fair to assume that Optical or planetary spectrometric
technology pointed in our direction even accidentally would have picked up the data of life.
So I stick my neck out and say that on the basis of time, distance and speed of light, extraterrestrial civilisations would have known the earth was a
potential candidate for life within a few hundred thousand years of life developing here.
It stands to reason that if we had discovered a planet out there in the depths of space that showed the same characteristics of an early earth we
would be now focusing our attentions in it for the long term. We would be wondering that in the many thousands of years it took for light to reach us
from that word how much that world had changed. If we had the means to get there we would certainly go.
(of course not much will change in a few thousand years but you see my point?).
So this probability leads me to believe that the earth has been visited and is still being visited and not only that but we have been well known as a
habited planet out there probably since well before the time of the dinosaurs.
I base all of the above on the supposition that an extraterrestrial civilisation would have been using detection technology of a comparative
resemblance to our own. Add several thousand years of advancement to that technology and extraterrestrials probably knew we were evolving before we
actually did start to evolve.
My opinion is that many extraterrestrial races are here, they have interacted with us on every level you can think of but most importantly, a genetic
level. Time was always going to be to the advantage of an extraterrestrial.
They had all the time to set up their infrastructure to support whatever goals they deemed fit for the life on this world and sadly I do not think all
the visitors are here to be our friend even if they say otherwise.
I suspect that our future in the evolutionary sense was subverted and hijacked for unknown (not necessarily cynical or nefarious) reasons, and
negative reasons or not I am left feeling rather upset by that possibility.
[edit on 13-10-2009 by SmokeJaguar67]