posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 10:50 PM
There are two major conflicts I see, here.
First... why spinal fluid? Why not blood? We've got a lot more of that than we have cerebral spinal fluid, and you could take far more of that in a
single go - more than enough to offset the costs of processing it into some more desired form. You could even collect it without the whole abduction
scenario - just hold a blood-drive or create a shadow-agency within the Red Cross, so we're none-the-wiser (we tend to get suspicious when we lose
track of hours of the day and wake up with weird scars and what-not).
Second... why such a complex animal? Bacteria reproduce - rapidly, and are some of the most efficient chemical processing systems known to exist.
Why make a -sentient- critter that has the potential to make its own decisions and develop technology that can develop unpredictably and potentially
lead to a military threat? Sure - raising cattle can be a little dangerous - but the cow isn't very likely to figure out how to make a torch and
burn your house down.
It'd make more sense to argue that the genes that lead to impractically large breasts on females were the result of attempts to create a "human
dairy farm" - given that large breasts are an evolutionary liability. While males tend to be aroused by them - our reproductive cycles don't really
have much of a benefit to larger mammary glands (whether or not that leads to increased lactation). It may potentially be a factor, as a few studies
indicate multiple births to be on the rise - but this would be due to the relatively recent developments in society.
Now - to side-step... what many people lack in regards to "symbiosis" is perspective.
I'm an advanced species, so advanced that I can live on a planet with almost no visible impact, in space, or travel the vastness of space in
practical spans of time. That at least points to some very advanced industrial and material processing techniques if they somehow missed the whole
idea of computers, bio-medicine, etc.
It's quite obvious that I have just about everything I need to continue my own existence indefinitely. While it's possible I would search for
worlds on which I find wonderful tasting produce or prey - it's more likely I'd be looking at other indigenous species the same way we, humans, look
at other species on the planet.
We look at bacteria to see if their stimulus-response operations can be used to process things we need. We look to our own cells and other
micro-organisms to get ideas for how to build better computers, polymers, and other materials. We look at birds to improve our aerodynamic designs
and look to insects and hives to find ways in which to develop and improve computational network efficiency.
What would an alien species look to find from us? How we have solved various engineering and scientific challenges - things they could have missed,
or things we have just done better. Even though we aren't zipping around over lightyears of space in the blink of an eye - we may be some of the
most masterful biomedical technicians out there. Our society may be highly out of the ordinary - a chaotic balance between individuality and
group-think; something that may be the subject of mathematical/computer physicists of other alien species - going towards better simulated
intelligence networks or even furthering research into cognitive models.
I think we often get a little too fixated on biology and anatomy. While biodiversity is certainly an interesting idea - we'll be looking at having
enough computational power in the average cell phone to simulate complex protein and macroscopic chemical interactions by the turn of the century. If
people even remember what a cell phone was.
It would be relatively unnecessary to venture to foreign worlds to find new forms of life to study, in a chemical/anatomical sense, as you could
simulate them from a desk. Like a hyper-advanced version of Spore.
What'd be more interesting it so see what kind of technology and solutions we develop to our problems that could have meaning for another race facing
similar problems. That's a -highly- valuable resource... a different, and wholly unique, perspective.