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Comparing our technology to another that is capable of travel vast space travel would be like comparing United states military to terrorists in a cave.
Originally posted by Skorpy
reply to post by FraternitasSaturni
You describing a situation like the new TV series the Falling sky, where the motherships came and blew everything to hell and installed an imperial overseerer to put down the resistance.
IF a hostile alien race decided to show up on earth.... Could we put up any kind of defence against a civilisation who's weapons are likely hundreds of years more advanced then our primitive guns?
The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbors were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.....Most civilizations would encounter an Outside Context Problem just once, rather in the same way a sentence encounters a full stop."