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

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

jerry and judy ( jerbidoc@zianet.com )
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 19:59:28 -0600

>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.

We don't share!, tigers will be gone soon, then probably the wolves. Bears
and lions are already pretty much confined to parks and preserves (for
economic profit in the final analysis). We had better study our behavior
in this, because this will probably be the reaction of any ET race towards
us. I assume any intelligence, any one that we will recognize anyway, will
be as far ahead of us as we are ahead of the social predators (wolves and
lions etc.).

>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 ...

If you ask the average person "would you exterminate all termites, for
example, if you only had to press a button?" what do you think the average
person would say?

Now if they're as far advanced of us as we are the rattlesnakes or sharks,
then we might be safe - unless we inadvertently expand into their comfy
'homes or rec areas', in the analogy. This will probably become as
unavoidable for us in the future, as it is becoming for rattlesnakes and
sharks today.

>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 ...

I don't how you can think that. Look at the history of life on earth, look
at man's short history, there's been an acceleration. We should learn from
these dynamics and relationships which are repeated throughout the animal
and plant (and human on human) worlds. There's no doubt about the
direction of 'progress' on this planet, and are we unique? is the Earth
that special in this regard?

We should also get it through our heads that we are an 'infant', stumbling
and powerless race at this point and any venture out of our secluded
playpen will be fraught with danger, if the range of probabilities are even
close - a tech/civ every 3000 cubic LYs only gives us a few thousand years
to mature, that's if we don't make a lot of 'noise' (and the aliens, which
would already be spanning a few hundred light years, don't explore even
more efficiently).

Thanks for taking the time, I look forward to any replies, corrections,
similar or very different opinions,
Jerry

>Al