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#138 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
if i found a planet full of animals id definitely wanna go check that **** out
User avatar #135 - rdangerdash (01/22/2013) [-]
Are the aliens rally that smart though? I mean, they came to an alien planet with a vast array of creatures they have never seen before and decided that it wasn't worth their time. What is intelligent about abandoning the quest for knowledge?
#132 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
Funny how FJ eats up anything that Neil deGrasse Tyson says without questioning a single thing.
#162 to #132 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
How is that funny?
#136 to #132 - robopuppy (01/22/2013) [-]
I'm sorry, what were you saying? I was too busy being drawn in by his mustache.
#131 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
or maybe we're the first species to be this advanced and all the other alien races are just tiny microbes and bacteria waiting to evolve into something of higher value.
User avatar #128 - kanatana (01/22/2013) [-]
All respect to Neil, any passing intelligent species would be able to detect the QUADRILLIONS of gigs of raw data leaving Earth in the form of radio signals every hour, and if they stopped by Earth, they would see the obvious signs of life on its surface.
#126 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
they could anytime put us in a bucket of water and see what happens
#124 - ronyx (01/22/2013) [-]
I'll pay more attention to worms, when they have built space rockets, nukes, advanced medicine, hookers, computers, androids, etc. Aliens would probably not pay attention to us if we were still cavemen, but now we have all these technology we have achieved so they would indeed acknowledge us.
#147 to #124 - archoninterface (01/22/2013) [-]
Hookers XD
User avatar #127 to #124 - Keleth (01/22/2013) [-]
our science could look like caveman science to them
#117 - bendingeffects (01/22/2013) [-]
And what minimal intelligence they observed is rapidly disappearing.
And what minimal intelligence they observed is rapidly disappearing.
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User avatar #120 to #116 - ovary (01/22/2013) [-]
yes but, we don't start attempting to have a conversation with the worm.
we know that the worm wouldn't be able to understand a word we're saying, or even acknowledge us at all.
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User avatar #130 to #125 - ovary (01/22/2013) [-]
well thats the thing, they're so much more intelligent than us that they wouldn't even bother, they would have nothing to learn from us, no reason to try to communicate us, we might even be too simple to comprehend what they say. Have you ever tried to communicate to a worm? Kinda hard to get a message across to them.

If the aliens compared to us are the equivalence of us to worms, then to us, they would probably say "meh" and move along
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User avatar #154 to #134 - ovary (01/22/2013) [-]
well if i saw a cool bug i'd never seen before, I'd look at it with interest for a couple seconds, maybe take a picture if it's really neat, and then continue with my day
I wouldn't try to make friends with it.
User avatar #118 to #116 - Zeigh (01/22/2013) [-]
How often do you personally acknowledge the existence of a worm?
Sure you know they're there, but honestly, when was the last time you went around, looking for every little thing that moves and attempted to understand what they do and whether or not they're intelligent.
Aliens could just be flittin' on down to Alpha Centauri for the big party and think this is just some po dink place in the back water of the universe. They might think, "Oh hey, there's **** moving around on that little blue speck...meh, that party's gonna be pretty sweet."
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User avatar #129 to #122 - Zeigh (01/22/2013) [-]
You're assuming another intelligent life form would deem us as another intelligent life form.
What didn't you get about Neil's argument up there?
Assuming for a moment that there were a vastly superior life form orbiting the Earth right now. It's civilization got to a point where it can cross at the very least intergalactic expanses in a relatively short amount of time and make this voyage at least twice (to and from).
Why would it think this place had intelligent life?
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User avatar #139 to #133 - Zeigh (01/22/2013) [-]
Why not?
Statistically speaking there are bound to be hundreds if not thousands of millions of planets with enormous ecosystems full of life at every corner, doesn't mean they're smart or that you should stop unless they have some purely scientific goal in mind in which case they might catalogue and do a little research.
Another thing. Why would they even stop here unless it were on route to their destination?
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User avatar #149 to #143 - Zeigh (01/22/2013) [-]
"I don't think an alien life form would see the amount of life we have here on Earth and pass it up."
M'kay.
Why would you communicate with a worm?
You're missing the whole point here entirely dude.
#158 to #149 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
I think the problem is when we use the word "intelligent life" we think of the definition of intelligence as defined by how smart we are. I think when dealing with other life forms we consider "intelligence" to mean consciousness, a trait that makes us humans so much more special than any other species we know of.

Surely an alien race will not pass up the opportunity to contact another CONSCIOUS species, because although we may not be as evolved as them, we can still acknowledge them as another conscious being. Our minds could never be equivalent to a worm on any scale.
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User avatar #155 to #152 - Zeigh (01/22/2013) [-]
I didn't say anything about landing, I said stop, that could mean in orbit, that could mean just close enough for whatever scanning device, w/e.
You're still assuming that we're worth receiving attention.
What Neil is postulating is that whatever aliens are possibly observing are think we're nothing more than worms, just a background life form not really worth their attention.
You still haven't answered my question of why an alien would stop and ponder the existence of humans.
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User avatar #114 - lolollo (01/22/2013) [-]
Except that we only act that way because we know pretty much everything we'd want to know about worms, but before then, yes we did have interst in it. We picked it up, prodded it, even dissected it in our biology classes until we learned all we were interested in about worms. Only after that did we start acting like worms weren't worth the effort to pay attention to it. So yes, I do believe aliens HAVE studied us simply because it's what we would do, and have done to things that we found new.

Then again, it's also possible that these aliens could've studies us in a way that we wouldn't comprehend, making it where we would never know we were being studied.
User avatar #113 - nadastress (01/22/2013) [-]
Well, inb4 ********* /red thumbs. This is why I believe in a God. Sorry but that's my true opinion.
#110 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
what this post fails to observe is the setting. think about this: the average human being does not think about a worm on the ground because worms are commonplace here on earth. worms, however are not commonplace outside of the earth (as far as we know), so if scientists found a worm on pluto they sure as **** would be interested in it.

if an alien species found earth, I'm sure the mere fact that is is inhabited by such a diverse amount of living organisms would make them stop. especially considering the human race. anyone who thinks that humans are stupid or we do not mean anything, think of all we have accomplished. we are conscious, sentient beings (the only kind we know of) and we have defined laws that govern the universe.

i once saw an image that told of what to do if you were the one to make first contact with aliens. one of the first things it said to do was draw and label an example of the pythagorean theory, as a species as advanced enough to contact us would understand such physical and mathematical laws. we may not understand how everything in the universe works, but we sure as hell understand some things, enough, i think, to steal a glance from another intelligent race.
User avatar #115 to #110 - nadastress (01/22/2013) [-]
Actually this coincides more with superior beings not able to communicate. As the worm wouldn't be able to communicate with a microbe and so on. Get it?
#102 - xxgmanxx (01/22/2013) [-]
Just wanted to post this image not much else to say.
User avatar #223 to #102 - dishesaredone (01/22/2013) [-]
My brother goes to Cornell
User avatar #96 - jokeface (01/22/2013) [-]
Dammit Tyson...you were this close to talking about God...THIS CLOSE.
User avatar #108 to #96 - anonymousattorney (01/22/2013) [-]
Well, if you want to relate this to God, then I suppose I could try my hand at it.
User avatar #95 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
Or there are no aliens.

Let that sink in.
User avatar #105 to #95 - anonymouzx (01/22/2013) [-]
Says E.T
User avatar #107 to #105 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
Nicholas Cage
User avatar #103 to #95 - xxgmanxx (01/22/2013) [-]
In a world as small as ours it would be ridiculous to believe that we are the only ones out there in this forever expanding universe.
#106 to #103 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
But not impossible.
But not impossible.
User avatar #97 to #95 - pseudobob **User deleted account** (01/22/2013) [-]
There are two possibilities; We are alone, or we are not. These concepts are both terrifying.
User avatar #98 to #97 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
The first one isn't.
#109 to #98 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
The concept That There is no other planet in the universe that is capable of sustaining life isnt terrifying, the fact that either all planets capable met with a horrible end and is no longer capable, or the fact that Earth is the sole planet capable of sustaining life.
This is terrifying to me, because what happens on the point in which earth has no more resources for us to use, Whether though a natural disaster or though the natural parasitic tendency of humans.
If we are alone, Human days are numbered, or legacy meaningless, no more then one more grain in time, our entire race only purpose to destroy the only life giving planet.
User avatar #112 to #109 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
There's a thing called terraforming. You make a planet capable of sustaining life. With Mars for example, you would have to heat up the atmosphere, release the carbon dioxide from the ice caps, create an ozone layer, plant vegetation, and wait for it to become earth like. So we can just go from planet to planet until the stars burn out.
User avatar #99 to #98 - pseudobob **User deleted account** (01/22/2013) [-]
no stop

I think I butchered this quote from George Orwell. At any rate, yes, it is.
User avatar #101 to #99 - awesomenessdefined (01/22/2013) [-]
Not at all.
#94 - Womens Study Major (01/22/2013) [-]
To anyone who says that it's different because humans are somewhat intelligent/have the ability to communicate/aren't governed completely by instinct should think about it a little differently. If the worm cannot comprehend human thought processes, than how can we comprehend and advances species thought processes? If worms understood our thought processes, than you would see worms, or any animal really, using forms of technology and advanced forms of communication. If we were to understand why these higher beings have no interest in us, it may be because we can't comprehend why. We're like the kid with a mental disability that doesn't understand why he has to keep his pants up while he uses the urinal.
#93 - imonaboatman (01/22/2013) [-]
Honestly, if I were another species passing by Earth and knew what its people were like, I'd overlook it as well. We are pretty damn retarded, as a whole.   
   
And there's BILLIONS of other planets out there. To say we're the only species is incredibly ignorant.
Honestly, if I were another species passing by Earth and knew what its people were like, I'd overlook it as well. We are pretty damn retarded, as a whole.

And there's BILLIONS of other planets out there. To say we're the only species is incredibly ignorant.
#91 - themoe (01/22/2013) [-]
If there were aliens close enough for us to observe than the theory would hold. But the smallest signs of life we've observed are many light years away meaning that if there are aliens out there (which we cant observe by this point because the distance). They wouldn't be able to conclude correctly weather we have intelligent lifeform or not. They would be seeing the earth with dinosaurs or even earlier than that.

So we just have to wait.... couple of million-billions of years
User avatar #90 - vade (01/22/2013) [-]
We've spent billions of dollars world wide studing simple bacteria so I doubt that aliens would just wander by out planet without doing anything
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