This also begs the question: If aliens did show up in our solar system, would they even bother with us? If they're here for resources, there are plenty in the asteroids, on the moon or on mars. Much easier to get at and cart off then putting themselves out there for the earthings to shoot at.Stupidity said:I share your concernm00se said:I understand your caution, but regarding the SDSS findings, it seems like the insinuation is that they are colonized worlds, since the bursts are time synchronized. I hope it's a chemical analogy, because an alien race with that many colonies seems like one we'd rather not make contact with.
Any race with 200+ colonies would pretty much need FTL or be so alien that we would have no common ground with them. Hell with 200+ colonies and no FTL they would have next to nothing in common with each other.
Also "humanity" is never going to be ready for extraterrestrial life. NEVER. Vast swathes of the planet are still theocracies and murder for "Insert Deity Here." Although technological change has increased leisure time and available resources so that western societies can pretended to be peaceful and understanding, our fundamental nature hasn't changed.
It's not even a question of violence. As a whole, humanity would respond to ET with fear, hate, complacency, curiosity, greed and stupidity. People really underestimate how alien an alien race could actually be.
If they're looking for like to engage with, they'd probably take one look at us and keep on going. A species that can't even form a world government, or even not murder each other all the time over stupid stuff? Yep, they aren't ready for the big leagues yet. Or they decide it's just better for everyone if they cleanse the planet of the vermin. Deploy kinetic energy weapons from orbit until civilization grinds to a halt and move on.