posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 02:51 AM
It doesn't seem people are getting what the OP is saying.
Possession and use of high technology does not make one smart. You could go back in time, give a cave-man a flashlight, and teach him to press the
button to turn it on. He would probably be considered a god among his peers for having a stick that makes light. It wouldn't make him any more
A 16 year old kid can drive a car, that doesn't mean he has any idea how to manufacture or fix one. We all have computers, how many of us actually
understand the physics and science involved, could any of us actually make a computer? By that I mean MAKE, not put components together. Could you
manufacture a hard drive, a processor, an LCD monitor? I doubt it. Yet we use these things every day and are actually quite good at it.
Now, in a situation where aliens are visiting Earth, the possibilities of how they got here, and what kind of species they are is endless. Yet
everyone always sticks with the same idea that they are just a vastly more advanced race with intelligence that makes ours look infantile. The OP is
saying that doesn't have to be the case, and I support his idea 100%.
The technology they use to get here would obviously be very advanced, but that doesn't mean the beings that are using it are. In my opinion, if a
species can get to the point where they can manufacture technology to travel the universe, I think a few things would be very likely.
Number one, the user interface would be very easy. Think about just walking in, sitting down, and saying "take me to planet xxxxx" and the ship does
everything for you. No real intelligence needed there. We are pretty close to having cars that will literally drive themselves. I realize cars and
space ships are different, but if you are to the point where you can travel the universe, I don't see any reason why you couldn't have such a user
Second of all, their technology would be EXTREMELY robust. No fragile little lunar lander floating around. These ships will last thousands of years
without need of any maintenance. Their power source would also last almost forever, or the ship would automatically refuel itself. Whether it be
mining asteroids or planets for resources, taking in gases from space, taking energy from suns along their travel. Again, no substantial intelligence
needed, because you don't have to repair or refuel anything.
Now this does mean that there was a species extremely advanced that made these things. But, by no means, does that mean that those are the ones still
using these craft.
Think about if there was a global collapse tomorrow. There would still be cars, there would still be solar cells, all sorts of other technology. The
access to this technology wouldn't be anywhere near what it was before TSHTF, but pretty much anything we can use today, someone, somewhere could use
So I find no problem with the idea that if Aliens are coming to Earth right now, they could be few in numbers, and not much more advanced in their
current state than we are. They could be the remains of a collapsed society, several generations removed from a world where people actually knew how
to build, or understand, their technology, but they are still able to use it due to an easy user interface.
Another idea, is that perhaps there is a solar system somewhere with one planet that is extremely advanced, and another planet that is roughly as
advanced as we are. For whatever reason the advanced planet doesn't conquer the primitive planet, and instead shares/trades/sells their technology to
this lesser advanced planet. Then people from this planet that is close to us in technology, using the technology from their neighboring advanced
species, come here to earth.
Both of these scenarios are very possible if you believe Aliens are visiting the planet. Talking about aliens is largely an exercise in imagination,
and I'm sorry to say it seems most people don't have a very good imagination, because the only situation they can imagine is the boring old idea
that aliens are just a million years more advanced than us and were simply advancing for a longer period of time. While possible, there are an
unlimited number of other possible scenarios to explain aliens coming here, and not all of them require the visitors to be extremely advanced compared
S&F OP, I really like your idea, I wish there were more people talking about (somewhat) fresh ideas like this.