Yes, I'm talking about Intelligent, Extra-Terrestrial Alien Life from another Planet. Quite simply, I think anyone who isn't at least open to the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe is a narrow-minded individual, who really needs to open their mind, and join reality instead of being all dumbed up in their own little world. Sorry, but that's just the way it is, and happens to be my own personal opinion on the matter.
The universe, quite simply, is too big for just us.
Looking at this topic from a science-fiction point of view, I'd like to first touch on some of the films that have based themselves around such an event. The films I'm picking on, are ones that are based around there 'here and now' for the simple reason, I didn't want to get in to the logic behind Star Trek and Star Wars (etc). :)
1) Independence Day - An alien mother ship comes to Earth, dispatching many 'city-sized' space ships through orbit, and then continue to destroy our cities and civilisation with the intent of wiping us out, presumably for resources.
2) The Day The Earth Stood Still - An alien comes to Earth in order to terminate our existence by order of a higher counsel, deeming our species reckless.
3) Knowing - A solar flare threatens (and eventually does) destroy our planets, a few children are taken to another world by other aliens to continue our species.
4) War of the Worlds - Aliens come to Earth to once again kill us, and transform the landscape, potentially so that it may serve as another planet fit for their liking?
5) Mars Attacks - A group of aliens, long having hidden on Mars, come over here to kill us all.
There are many more films, but I thought I'd stick with these five for the time being.
In each film, we are severely under-advanced.
In Independence Day, by chance some genius manages to write a computer virus to cripple the alien ship (probably a dodgy copy of Windows 95). Here though, they had a crashed alien ship to study before hand.
The Day The Earth Stood Still, by chance the alien who came to 'prepare the world' took pity, saw some good in us, and stopped the planets destruction.
Knowing, not really an invasion of sorts, but taking into account they'd known about the solar flare for x number of years... plenty of time to evacuate the planet I think?
War of the Worlds - Nature vs Nurture? Quite simply, we won cause these little critters didn't do their homework when it came to infections.
Mars Attacks - Just don't have any appreciation for music.
Suffice to say, if it did in fact come down to it, and we were actually invaded, does anyone here really think we stand a chance in hell? I don't. Any alien species that has the technology to get here, would have the sense to have done a little research beforehand, and as such, they'd know about our music, they'd know about weather patterns, they'd know about any natural predators, they'd know about diseases and infections, and I doubt they could be taken down by a 21st century computer virus.
We'd be screwed.
We'd probably use a scorched earth(quite literally) tactic in the case of a global invasion. If the invaders couldn't be defeated, it's only human nature to make sure that no one else will benefit from its resources. Scorching the earth would likely occur by use of nuclear weapons, either launched into the atmosphere(if possible) or at specific critical areas of the planet(leaving out areas of extreme climates, such as Antarctica). The only reason an alien specie would ever invade us would be to harvest whatever few resources planet Earth harbours.
We'd lose, and lose bad, if they have technology to travel for extended periods in space or faster then light speed, then their military equipment would be on par and overwhelmingly superior to anything we have, they might as well of invaded a 1700's earth because it would make no difference.
They'd probably have technology so advanced that they wouldn't even have to get their hands dirty. Why invade yourself when you can build machines to do the job and the subsequent cleanup?
Why build machines when you could affix a few thrusters on an asteroid, redirect at the planet, wait until the dust cloud causes all or most of the life to perish? I mean if you're willing to travel however many light years to invade the planet a few hundred more years waiting for the dust to settle shouldn't be much of a problem.
I think countries should do the same here on earth. The plausible deniability of a meteor strike is through the roof.
lm pretty sure last time l checked that, that was the reason they called it sci fi, the fi being fictional, all them movies are crap for an indication of what might really be.
Bio weapons, game over.Cheap, no invasion, go farm the planet after were all dead.Simple.Even we humans could do this now.
l'd be more curious to the reason why an alien race would invade a planet and not just study it.If they truelly have evolved to such a level one can assume a higher moral standard in regards to life, and especially intelligent life. The argument that recourse's may cause invasion is utter rubbish when you see how much raw recource is available in space, a species so advanced would definately be able to mine where ever it wants and not be restricted to a planet with air. The only reason l can see maybe is farmland to grow food for there species, but how far fetched is that even.Long way to go for food and how do you get it back to your species before it soils. There is just no real fundamentally sound reason to travel 7 million million trillion miles to invade , for anything really unless they see us as a threat to there survival, and l find that laughable if they are more advanced than us.
This may actually be the first time I've ever agreed with jackripped entirely...
We realized a pretty long time ago that sentient life is precious, especially since we're the only ones that we can find. If we found sentient life elsewhere in the universe, even if we end up destroying them and taking their resources, we would still learn about, and from, them first; it's not necessarily true that they have advanced technologically in the same way that we did; their medicine, biology, etc, while probably differing from ours a whole lot, would at the very least give us a clue about what to look for next time to find life, and in the best-case scenario, they may end up doing something stupidly hard like 'curing' cancer or something.
And there is also the fact that there's not much here that's very special in the cosmic scheme of things. We have the same elements that the rest of the universe does, formed in the same way as the rest of the universe. Maybe terrestrial enzymes, and maybe minerals, would be worth harvesting. I can't think of much else, to be honest.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
For a species that supposedly holds sentient life precious we sure kill an awful lot of people.
Mr. Pedantic;5383954 And there is also the fact that there's not much here that's very special in the cosmic scheme of things. We have the same elements that the rest of the universe does, formed in the same way as the rest of the universe. Maybe terrestrial enzymes, and maybe minerals, would be worth harvesting. I can't think of much else, to be honest.
Well like you said, as far as we know life is pretty rare or atleast at this current moment time in the universes or that we can tell it's rare, but lets say earth is infact the one in a billion stars that can hold life, that might give the "aliens" a reason to come to this planet, a life sustainable planet.
It's either that or they came for old episodes of M*A*S*H either are very likely.
Nemmerle;5383962For a species that supposedly holds sentient life precious we sure kill an awful lot of people.
Yea but not even humans travel 7 million million trillion miles to do it ! Also can you see humans letting red necks with big guns hitchike the gallaxy ? !!! l recon it'll be scientists ! If aliens exist, and are advanced, fundamentally the technoligies will be very similar, ahead or behind doesnt matter, an electron anywhere in the universe is, an electron, and because there are a limited number of elements, and we find that to do things like nuclea science, we must all understand it correctly, the same way, the one true universal language is the element table and atomic wieghts, at that basic level any alien could reverse engineer another aliens language, fascinating. l recon that would be a first goal over invasion and killins !