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If aliens were to come,do you think they would be "friendly" or have the urge to kill...

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demon300 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM via web

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If aliens were to come,do you think they would be "friendly" or have the urge to kill us?

If aliens are real,which their might be because there are billions of galaxies, and they saw planet earth with life on it. Do you think they will bring peace and friendliness to us or will they kill us,take our resources or enslave us. What do you think

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM (Answer #6)

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All you can do is hypothesize. If you give the aliens human characteristics and personality traits, that wouldn't be fair or correct since they wouldn't be humans. We don't know how they would think or feel.

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thedemon | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM (Answer #8)

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I agree with Stephen Hawking.

This is what he said one time in a discovery channel show 

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM (Answer #2)

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All we can go on is our own experience.  As we have gotten to be more and more technologically advanced, we have gradually become less inclined (at the national level) to kill other people to take their land, etc.  So I think it's at least arguable that a very advanced race would be less imperialistic.  But there's no guarantee.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM (Answer #3)

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Like the above post pointed out, there is absolutely no evidence to support either side.  The slew of terrible 'aliens invading the earth' movies and television shows make me realistically doubt a positive outcome.  Even if they dropped down from the sky and were the most peace-loving altruistic group of E.T.'s ever, I think that the population of the earth would be so paranoid and fearful that we would not be very welcoming...

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM (Answer #4)

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I think it would depend on factors we couldn't have any way of knowing, like, for example, culture. Like pohnpei said, we can only go on our own experience, and based on the closest analog we have, contact between Europeans and indigenous peoples around the world,we could say that there are a variety of possibilities. Would they come as explorers or colonizers? Or perhaps to establish commercial relationships? Or simply out of curiosity? World history tells us that people have gone to other lands usually for a combination of these reasons. It also tells us that these encounters have not typically ended well. But then again, maybe alien explorers are past all that. Who knows?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:32 AM (Answer #5)

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I'm not sure, but I like to believe they'd be friendly. If they had great intelligence and technological and organizational power, they probably would have some good ways of accessing the resources they require. Perhaps they wouldn't look upon us as competitors for resources. In that case, I see no reason why they wouldn't be friendly!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM (Answer #7)

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Since no one on earth seems to like what they do not understand, I would argue that the aliens might not be friendly.  If you use common sense, they have come to our planet for a reason.  They have to be far away, so it must be a really good reason.  They probably need something from us.

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truthseekah | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM (Answer #9)

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I agree with Stephen Hawking.

This is what he said one time in a discovery channel show 

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

This hypothesis is assuming an ethnocentric (anthropocentric?) perspective that non-humans would have the same tendencies as us. I tend to believe an alien race would have mastered it's domain and be self sufficient prior to making the jump to other planets. It's hard to hypothesize as we have such a narrow understanding of the unoverse as a species of the universe. 

Many have theorized that an alien race would more likely be benign much like zoologists observing in the wild. They try to eliminate or greatly reduce any variables produced by the observer. Again, this would also be projecting.

 

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tom1949 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM (Answer #10)

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I agree with Stephen Hawking.

This is what he said one time in a discovery channel show 

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is "a little too risky". He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

I also saw the Discovery Channel show that featured Hawkings' interview. I think he's dead-on (unintended pun). With an infinite universe shared  by an infinite variety of civilizations, certainly more than a few of those societies will have the same attitude we had upon meeting Incas, Aztecs, Picts and Huns and other "barbarian" cultures. 

They most likely would consider it not only their right, but also their duty to subjugate and civilize mankind while they plundered our treasures, resources and  cultures. 

Cheers!

 

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM (Answer #11)

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Aliens - We don't know anything about them. Its all science fiction. But we never know it might be there in some corner (there is no corner - far place) of the cosmos. Aliens might be intelligent or very dull. Or, it might also happen like that they are spying us in the form of humans. Till now there is no sign of life except on Earth. NO SIGNAL COMING!!!!!!!!!!!

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