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

Re: SETI Why would anyone look forward to sharing this galaxy?
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 12:33:45 EDT

In a message dated 10/6/98 12:15:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> >worms no matter how advanced any civilization is. The difference being
> >sentience, self awareness, stored up knowledge, ability to educate, just
> >name a few off the top of my head.
> How about bees? They communicate infomation with each other. Things like
> direction and distance and what it is that they're going after. We may
> like bees to an advanced species.

Bees do not communicate anything other than distance and direction to food.
Where is their appreciation of bee knowledge? Are the bees asking, 'are there
other planets with bees on them?' Are the bees asking themselves, 'How can we
live in peace with these large earth bound mammals?' Are the bees worried
about the extinction of the whales? Are they athiests, agnostics, or pagans?
Are the bees planning for tomorrow? Much less the next century?
We are not bees. Bees are not sentient. Any alien civilization will find
our culture far more complicated than bee culture, and I don't think they will
be looking to bees to discover who is making all the elctromagnetic radiation
from the Earth for the last 50 years. It will be perfectly obvious to any ET's
that the bees are completely silent in that portion of the electromagnetic
spectrum. Therefore we will not 'look like bees' to any advanced civilization.

Just my 2 cents.
John Marcus.