If we contact extraterrestrial life, should we respond?
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In this debate, pro will discuss reasons as to why we should respond to extraterrestrial life forms, and I will discuss reasons as to why we should not respond to extraterrestrial life. Pro will provide statements as to what we should say back to the alien life forms. (Brief)
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Pro may begin stating reasons as to why we should respond to extraterrestrial life. This is mostly opinion based, since we don't really have much information regarding the topic. However feel free to read up on sites and provide evidence suggesting reasons as to why we should respond.
Thanks for accepting, pro. This is also my first debate, so this should be fun.
Now, I do not believe this is exactly an "It depends" type of thing. It would be either we respond or we don't, because we can't base our actions on the content of the message, because, well, it would most likely be a foreign message.
If we were to respond, what would we send? would we perhaps make ourselves look intelligent and send back a long equation or pi? That is however not our choice to make.
Yes, its true that we do want to meet other people, and its a survival instinct. But other intelligent life forms not originally from earth? Eh, that's debatable. which is why we are here right now!
One reason we wouldn't want to make ourselves known to exist to other intelligent life forms is because we don't know if they would want to help us, or kill us. As Stephen hawkings said, What if aliens would be like Columbus, and we would be like the "Indians"? It didn't turn out so well. Now that I said that, if we can't even get along with other humans, how will we do with other intelligent life forms?
I do not believe we are getting bored of other humans. When I hear that sentence, I think of just getting bored of friends. That is not true, unless I'm the only person with long lasting friends, which I highly doubt.
Okay, to your question of "Are aliens more technologically advanced than us?" question, I have a logical answer. If they can get to our planet they are clearly more technologically advanced than us well, because we can't even get humans to mars without getting a lethal dose of radiation. And if they can overpower us, they will see us as ants, not gods.
We will not get bored of humans. We will not go crazy. We will go crazy if we find out that aliens are here with a super nuke and are planning to destroy the earth tomorrow. There are over 7 billion people on this planet right now, and through your lifetime you cannot meet every single one of those people.
Now, all this could be avoided (Or at least the chance of aliens finding us would go down) if we simply didn't pick up the cosmic phone. Yes, we want to discover new things, but is it really worth it?
Here are a few questions for you:
Thank you, now for pro.
There is also the other thing. What if we find alien bodies, but they are not an intelligent being. It won't always be like the movies where they come out of nowhere, guns blazing and yelling in their alien tongue, "ERADICATE THE CARBON-LIFEFORMS!" Yet again, what if they are not intelligent. What would we do if we saw a space cow that doesn't need oxygen floating out of the window of the International Space Station. There we would suit up some astronauts and send it into our air-lock in some form of contamination tube. The scientist would probe it, cut it, and dissect it. While for 6 months then is only talking about this stupid space cow. We aren't talking about if they would come now, we are talking about if they would ever come whether or not they will come. What if they don't come? What if they never land a saucer on our planet? Even then in the future we would be working to abandon Earth our turn it into a utopia.
Think of the book and movie tie-in, The Host. They simply stole our bodies and saw that we were in distress and moved to fix it. They saw we had problems and they fixed it but didn't have there own bodies. They fixed our problems through us and save the gosh darn planet. So yes. If they did come we could ask them to help us with there advanced tech. Thank you.
I would like to remind you that this debate is not about us going to other planets, its about if aliens contact us, should we respond? Sure, in the future its possible for us to be the "Aliens" but its unlikely that we would wipe out the alien race. Just like we have vaccines and antibiotics, they probably have some type of medicine they could come up with.
Again, let me remind you, talking about non-intelligent life is off topic, since if they aren't intelligent they wouldn't be able to contact us. If I wasn't being clear, I mean like if aliens left us a message would we call back and leave them a message.
Your space cow living in a vacuum theory is very unlikely to happen. Of course its possible that life formed on other planets depend on say, nitrogen instead of oxygen and maybe nitrogen oxide as a waste product. But if we found some kind of space cow that can uh survive in a vacuum and can survive in extreme coldness, then it would definitely be a very big topic on the news. And well, I don't think it would exactly be called a "Stupid Cow" because we would learn a lot from this space cow!
If we don't come in contact with aliens, well then we don't really have to worry about aliens landing on our planet anytime soon.
and uh well life will just continue as it always has.
Now comparing a fiction movie to real life stuff is absolutely absurd if you ask me. That's like comparing "The giver" to the future. It happened in the movie, so it will happen in the future! That, as many would agree, is not true. We can not base some kind of prediction like the result of aliens coming earth, on a fictional movie. We don't know if aliens will find us as a threat and will wipe out all life on earth. We don't know if aliens will help us. We don't know what they would do, because its never happened before! And no, just because you ask mom nicely for a cookie from the cookie jar doesn't grantee she will say yes.
This says in a nutshell that we must and will contact any extraterrestrial beings that set foot in our solar system. There is also the question, what if a human beamed down in center on New York?
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