archive: Re: SETI Why would anyone look forward to sharing this galaxy?

Re: SETI Why would anyone look forward to sharing this galaxy?

Alfred A. Aburto Jr. ( (no email) )
Mon, 05 Oct 1998 17:56:00 -0700

But Jerry, in fact we share this world with billions of other creatures of
all types including wolves, lions, tigers, bears and all sorts of creatures.

I doubt we will ever exterminate the snake or black widow or termite
or the flu or ... some creatures we can and have exterminated it is
true but not all creatures ...

We share this world with them --- so too we may find ourselves
sharing the universe with many other creatures in the Galaxy. There is
no need to exterminate them or they us ...

Al

> jerry and judy wrote:

> Subject: Re: Extraterrestrial life?
> Newsgroups: talk.origins
>
> In article <6va2bu$vic$1@nnrp1.dejanews.com>, colinpeters@geocities.com wrote:
>
> >In article <36185F39.77EC@uriacc.uri.edu>,
> > Ron Poirier <phtlgths@uriacc.uri.edu> wrote:
> >> Sorry if this is a bit hypothetical, but...
> >>
> >> I was wondering what others on this NG thought of the possibility of ET
> >> life. I mean the religious folks as well as the scientists, and the
> >> people who would consider themselves both. What do you all think?
> >
> >Not just hypothetical, but awfully broad don't you think?
> >
> >Hmm... how about a vague answer...
> >
> >I find the possibility of extraterrestrial life fascinating, and personally
> >I believe abiogenesis is plausibly quite common in the universe. I would
> >not be especially suprised (although I would be delighted) at the discovery
> >of life, or the remnants of life, on Mars or Europa (or elsewhere in the
> >solar system) within my lifetime.
>
> I don't get it. Why would anyone want to share this galaxy with
> non-terrestrial (especially intelligent) life?? Humans don't even seem to
> want to share the Earth with terrestrial life, with which we're very
> closely related, and whose survival will have a major impact on our own!
> Isn't this attitude part of what Dr. Sagan called being 'authentically'
> human? It's perfectly acceptable to kill all top predators from the
> troublesome wolves and coyotes to rattlesnakes and black widows that are
> just trying to eek out a living, on and on, some of the most highly
> evolved creatures of this epoch!, but we await with bated-breath the data
> from Mars or the Antarctic! Don't get me wrong, it would be constructive
> to know whether life can arise on Mars or Europa, but that's all, we
> haven't evolved all this time with an 'us or them' attitude to change now,
> and the stakes will be very much higher in the next few millennia! than
> they've ever been in the last 5 million years. That was a cakewalk!
> Lions, leopards and huge cave bears, yawn!!! (I know, it's lions and
> tigers and bears, oh my!)
>
> It's probably is a very dangerous universe out there, I'd advise to keep a
> very low profile and be very quiet! Shsssshhh!
>
> And SETI, don't do anything (more) that's irreversible!!!
>
> Jerry
>
> <rest snipped for bandwidth>
>
> >Colin.