posted on Nov, 28 2012 @ 04:23 PM
Originally posted by Panic2k11
reply to post by rival
Based on the improbability of there being a technology capable of interstellar travel
You are being anthropocentric in that view. Not only making assumption regarding their technological capabilities but about their origin/source.
Speculations are ok if they do not lead to assumptions but to theories, as soon as you start to make assumptions you are limiting yourself without
factual data, that inevitably leads not only to error but disaster.
The guy asked a question, I answered and gave a reason...There rest of this is off topic but
I/we have to anthropomorphize alien life. It's all we know. SETI searches for radio transmissions ala
human communication tech. Astronomers look for planets with liquid water in search for places
habitable by life as we know it. Truth is, we know very little and life may exist in many forms that
we have not conceived of.
But to go the human-ego-centric route, as far as aliens go we are probably
going to be dealing
with life similar to our own; bipedal, binocular, eyes in front, opposable digits and at least two arms
All of that stuff would be needed for a species to arrive as we did at the top of the food chain. And
that needs to occur before a species can relax enough to begin developing mechanical technology.
I'm in good company when I make that assumption, but that doesn't make it correct and I know that.
In fact, I'm more on your side and believe that assuming aliens would take any form based on
what we know is probably naive...point is though, we have to begin to speculate somewhere,
and anthropomorphizing alien life is a good starting point for conjecture and hypothesis.