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    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
    Why do people study just about everything? From the simple to the complicated, some devote their lives to the study of those things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
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    Watch the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" and you'll understand

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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
    Curiosity? Or the "The Day the Earth Stood Still" argument?
    (humans are too violent, too much of a danger to be allowed in to deep space, so they're keeping tabs on the situation)
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    I just want to get one of those probes everyone talks about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIDP View Post
    I just want to get one of those probes everyone talks about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Our current understanding of physics makes interstellar travel pretty farfetched.

    However, it's also pretty farfetched to assume that our current understanding of physics is anything close to complete.
    True, but I feel pretty comfortable with my position. I don't think most people have a good sense of just how far away things really are.
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    Looked like a Pink Floyd concert to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    True, but I feel pretty comfortable with my position. I don't think most people have a good sense of just how far away things really are.
    Pretty staggering to say the least. I have no problem believing that there might be other people out there, but the sheer distances involved would make it pretty likely that were are blissfully unaware of one another. Now that doesn't rule out some entirely different technological capability that would involve some sort of shortcuts, but it would have to be something way beyond our capability to begin to understand. The energy required to even think about opening any sort of wormhole would be vastly beyond what we have the ability to create. I can't even get my head around what it would take for some entities to travel sufficiently faster than light to actually get here in a timely manner, or to manage whatever kind of shortcuts there might be to cut down the distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    True, but I feel pretty comfortable with my position. I don't think most people have a good sense of just how far away things really are.
    i helped my daughter with an astronomy project where one light year equaled one jelly bean. we then estimated how many jelly beans there were in a gallon and then equated different astronomical object distances to gallons of water in bodies of water. iirc, we went from a sliver of a jelly bean (sun to earth) to a large lake in ohio (edge of the universe) which ended up being a whole buttload of jelly beans. i remember a 20 gallon aquarium, a water tower, and a swimming pool in there somewhere too.

    she got like an a+++ and the teacher kept her project. we didn't know if it was because he liked her estimating techniques or he wanted the jelly beans on the poster.

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    Re: UFO over Chinese airport

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    If a civilization has achieved space travel, what possible interest could humans be to them?
    They may want to aid us. Or maybe they're just curious.

    There are obviously a lot of things we don't know or understand yet. Spirits and "aliens" are likely part of the natural order of things in the universe, ecspecially if you subscribe to something like Spiritism or Buddhism, or have had life experiences that open you up to it.

    Any ways, it's where I disagree with Hawking. I can't think of reasons why much more evolved, intelligent beings would be interested in any of our petty resources. It's also likely they've evolved beyond consumption-based lifestyles and the accumulation of wealth and materialism as the core of their existence. They may want to learn or help stop something, but I'm doubting they're interested in taking something, otherwise they already would have long ago, among other reasons.

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    Light that started at one end of the Milky Way, say just even 2000 years ago, travelling at the speed of light, has still not reached the other end of the galaxy.


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