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How would you react to aliens?

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
There's a ton of science fiction works about first contact with extraterrestrial life, most of which are extremely cliche of "omg aliens are invading". Let's try and avoide that cliche. However given how much effort we put into trying to find life out there in the universe if we were to ever make contact how would you react to the news?

Like several scenarios the most likely is we find life on europa or somewhere in our solar system. How would you react to them finding life in our solar system.

However also how would you react to us finding intelligent life off our planet. Either communicating with them through radio or actually coming to earth.

Also if it were something like the movie E.T. how would you handle being the first person to come across them? Like they don't know anything about the earth and you are the first person to come across them.

And no they aren't here to destroy the earth, humans or subjucate us. Also no not tentacle monsters for our japanese schoolgirls. Also not amazon women from Amazonia here for snu-snu.

Life in our solar system? Amazed and delighted, especially if it was more than goo on a rock.

Intelligent life? Amazed, delighted, loneliness would dissapeare for a long time, bewildered and afraid. As Hawking suggested, what if alien species are colonial and sweep through the universe searching for habitable planets to exploit? You said they aren't hear to subjucate us, but that might be a fiendish lie and you're one of their scouts!

How would I handle ET? Badly.
 

Demensa

Characterless sack of potatoes
I would be overjoyed at the news of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Of course, after a while I might get a little frightened at the possibility of hostility between us and them.

There would be so much new scientific work to be done and so much knowledge to be gained. There's the possibility that the aliens could be vastly more intelligent than humans and could be able to easily communicate with us. They could be unimaginably different from us as well.

Life in the solar system would also be fantastic to find, although I would doubt it would be very 'intelligent'. Still it would give us more information on how life can arise and how the familiar biological processes found on Earth can be either similar or different to this new life. (I can't say whether I would be more excited to find that life elsewhere is different: not carbon based, no DNA, etc. or similar to earth life. Both possibilities are intriguing.)

I would handle an "E.T." very badly indeed... (Probably call the police, or the mental hospital)
 

Dragonfurry

(•_•)(•_•)>⌐■-■(⌐■_■)
Its not that i would be worrying about reacting to the aliens visiting.

I personally would try to show them i mean no harm or the very least try to show them around and try to communicate.

I would be more worried about how if some how the government found out i was harboring a alien or not telling them they would torture me/kill me.
 

Hewge

Banana Party
Banned
Unintelligent life on another planet: "Cool." Then I'd go back to my own life.

Intelligent life on another planet: "Super cool !" Then I'd go back to my own life while keeping an eye on news about it.

Intelligent life coming to our planet and I was the first to meet them: Going to assume they were intelligent enough to not visit Earth completely without knowledge...
I'd like to show them what humans do best; Limitless imagination, arts, music, and the seemingly endless ability to always endure.
 

badlands

drunken pirate

CannonFodder

Resistance is futile! If 0 ohm
Life in our solar system? Amazed and delighted, especially if it was more than goo on a rock.

Intelligent life? Amazed, delighted, loneliness would dissapeare for a long time, bewildered and afraid. As Hawking suggested, what if alien species are colonial and sweep through the universe searching for habitable planets to exploit? You said they aren't hear to subjucate us, but that might be a fiendish lie and you're one of their scouts!

How would I handle ET? Badly.
I have to disagree with Hawking on that one. If a intelligent species has the capability of travelling light years to meet us they would have the technology to terraform non-inhabited planets or not even need to live on a planet and probably don't need anything we have.
I would be more worried about how if some how the government found out i was harboring a alien or not telling them they would torture me/kill me.
Eh, personally I think they would try to not fuck up and piss them off. Obama would probably realize, "hey they have the technology to visit us and are so far ahead of technologically that doing something that would piss them off and may cause a war would be a very bad idea".
 
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Hewge

Banana Party
Banned
They are able to alter their form and take the shape of a humanoid fox.

Oh lord.

As an otter I think a fox is an unworthy form, and they are clearly inferior life forms for thinking a fox would be an appropriate form.
 
I wouldn't be too amazed at finding life on another planet. Life actually existing on more than one planet in all the universe? Not really gonna be surprised on that one. If more life was found in our solar system, it would probably be bacteria so I wouldn't be too interested. I would just skim an article and go back to reading a comic book.

If intelligent aliens were to make contact with us, I would be kinda interested in a nerdy way. I would be like, 'wow beings that are more advanced than us. I wonder if they have any cool things to trade or can revolutionize our technology or something. They probably think completely differently then we do, though. After all, their cultures and entire biology hasn't mixed with a single human one.'

If they were to touch down on Earth, I would be too worried about my siblings catching any alien flus and dying to be too excited about it. I need tons of shots just to go overseas, and it's illegal to make contact with a previously uncontacted, closed-off Native town because whatever I'm carrying might kill a few people. I can't imagine what someone from a different planet might be carrying and what it could do to us. It cold do anything from kill us horribly or make us see in only shades of yellow.
 

Recel

Mamma Yeena
Oh lord.

As an otter I think a fox is an unworthy form, and they are clearly inferior life forms for thinking a fox would be an appropriate form.

Now, now. Let's not start another feud over which one of the two is the most slutty form in the universe, shall we? :V
 

Bambi

Member
I think aliens would be a pretty screwed up thing.

Think about it: 1. they've mastered space flight, which means 2., that on their world, where Darwinian selection is more than likely present, they've successfully conquered all other species on their planet, including those that resisted their ascent, and so 3. they're our apex predators, if only because they found space flight a more rational out-come to wasting resources until a galactic extinction event.

Thankfully however this is both more frightening and comforting than the idea of extra-terrestrial life: it's called the "Rare Earth Hypothesis." So many dead worlds, and ours might be the statistically anomaly.
 
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I have to disagree with Hawking on that one. If a intelligent species has the capability of travelling light years to meet us they would have the technology to terraform non-inhabited planets or not even need to live on a planet and probably don't need anything we have.

I agree with this, its likely that on top of FTL capable ships and terraforming they would also have the ability to acquire all their resources through peaceful means, so in m opinion its unlikely that they would come here to invade.
 
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CannonFodder

Resistance is futile! If 0 ohm
I agree with this, its likely that on top of FTL capable ships and terraforming they would also have the ability to acquire all their resources through peaceful means, so in m opinion its unlikely that they would come here to invade.
If we ever did come across a species with faster than light capability and they did contact us it would probably be something like we're technically in their territory, or we're in disputed territory between two races.
 

Bambi

Member
If we ever did come across a species with faster than light capability and they did contact us it would probably be something like we're technically in their territory, or we're in disputed territory between two races.
S'alright.

We'll stage a sit in on their Death Star.
 

benignBiotic

Banned
Banned
That's an interesting question. As much as I'd love to say "I'd be happy to meet them and see what they are like." I can't because the reality of the situation would be insane.

Scientists would go wild, religions would go wild (to say the least), the atmosphere would almost certainly be planet-wide panic. And our panic might be well placed because unless the aliens arrived in the spirit of inquiry or diplomacy they would probably be here to plunder or take over.

Personally I'd be very cautious but hopeful. And no matter what pretext might bring aliens to Earth I would be pretty inspired because hey, we aren't alone.
 

CaptainCool

Lady of the lake
"Oh Mr. Alien, you have such a big probe~ Please be gentle!"
 

whiteskunk

Active Member
I'd invite them to watch a movie marathon of the worst alien films ever made-Plan 9 From Outerspace, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Reptilian, etc.
Then if they're not to shocked by all that, I'd take them to a sushi bar and get them tanked on sake. Nothing greater than drunk aliens. And maybe do some karaoke with them afterward. But they can't stay at my place, I live in a one bedroom apartment and my dog has claimed the couch/futon as his bed.
 
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