Rising greenhouse emissions may tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a
report for Nasa* paper
Yep “Bizarre” is right. Do The Guardian,
NASA and Penn State honestly think we’ll fall for such garbage? * see update below
Let’s get one thing straight, aliens come in one of two flavours: benign or rapacious. They may fool us into thinking they are benign when in fact they are secretly plotting our demise, but that’s it – good or evil. No middle ground. Either they are going to stand off and have a policy of ‘no interference’, ‘you’re not ready yet’ or they’ll see us and/or the planet as a resource to be exploited and either milked long-term or to be sucked dry before moving on.
“Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”§
As aliens approach our glorious blue jewel of a planet shining in the nothingness of space, they will see just that – blue ocean, clouds, forested areas, deserts, ice. They’ll know that sentient beings have evolved to the level of developing destructive technology, and they’ll see that we make mistakes with the deployment of such, but let’s face it minds infinitely superior to our own will have mastered the laws of physics and nature and will understand the self-healing properties of a living planet. A planet upon which we are but a population of microbes on the hide of an elephant.
Our ‘crime’, if any, is that of collective self-aggrandisement, of thinking that we make a difference to the planet.
“With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.”§
When Earth gives a little shrug, be it volcano, earthquake or just extreme weather, we count our casualties. We bemoan changes in our lifetimes while examining the condensed detail of thousand years in a few centimetres of mud. Were our species to be wiped off the face of the Earth tomorrow, how long before evidence our very existence would be all but gone?
Come off it
NASA, Guardian and Penn State – credit us with a little more intelligence, even if it is the silly season. Aliens just aren’t like that. Hollywood says so.
Update: from co-author – I do admit to making a horrible mistake. It was an honest one, and a naive one… but it was a mistake nonetheless. I should not have listed my affiliation as “NASA Headquarters.” I did so because that is my current academic affiliation. http://paleblueblog.org/post/9110304050/some-important-points-of-clarification
§ “The Eve of the War” (HG Wells, War of the Worlds)