by, 5th June 2013 at 11:39 AM (263 Views)
When the subject of aliens comes up in conversation (which it often does because it's a topic that I like and I make sure it comes up), I frequently hear the argument that aliens would not visit us because they are too advanced to want anything to do with us. I think this argument is flawed. If that were the case, then why would humans study insects? Or any other animal for that matter? We study them because they are interesting and knowing more about the world around us makes our lives better. It doesn't matter if they have anything to contribute to the advancement of our society.
Now you may be thinking "But Stevie, we just observe and study animals, we do not interfere with them." That is not the case. We interfere with wildlife that we are studying all the time, whether it be to teach a chimpanzee sign language or save a species from extinction. I'd say that any advanced alien civilization probably has biologists of their own, and they would probably be interested in life on earth. If we can teach a chimpanzee sign language, then I'm sure there must be something cool that they would be willing to teach us.
Humans think about extraterrestrial life all the time, and we have huge radios that search the galaxy for the possibility of talking to aliens. Why wouldn't they want to do the same? You could say that maybe they are just not as curious as us, so they wouldn't come visit. However, the act of building space ships in the first place pretty much implies curiosity. I'm pretty sure if they have the capability of getting here, then they would probably want to get here.
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