Originally posted by RedDragon
reply to post by Druscilla
Of course carbon and biological compounds can be the base of better intelligences than humans. But there are better bases. They'll have their
intelligence on the most powerful platform available.
What's to say such is absolutely definitive?
You have the space aliens owner's manual do you?
What's to say if space aliens show up, they're only marginally more advanced than we are?
What's to say if space aliens show up, it's not going to be robotic seed ship full of a biological soup to infect/seed /adjust this planet in a long
term plan that spans thousands of years?
What's to say that hasn't already happened?
What's to say that WE aren't the aliens via purposeful gene tinkering with local wild life, and we've just lost our heritage?
What's to say that we don't encounter mindless self replicating machines programmed to assimilate and genetically reprogram whole planets, or simply
render everything down to component atoms to be sorted into stacks of carbon, iron, etc. for the machine's creators that went extinct billions of
What's to say life, as we know it isn't simply unique, or at least unique enough in the universe that such places in the universe that just happen
to have sparked it are so far away from each other and so rareified few that chances of any one intelligent life bumping into any other regardless the
morphology and substrate whether biological, exotic matter or whatever have next to zero chance of ever finding each other, much less developing and
having an encounter relative in development in parallel to each other?
All in all, speaking in definitive statements is ridiculous.
It's Mt. Stupid.
Until we see space aliens, we won't know anything about them, and even then, we might not recognize space aliens as even being sentient life when/if
we happen to run into it.