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Re: starship-design: Survival of the fittest...

In a message dated 10/16/98 9:56:53 AM, Shealiak@XS4ALL.nl wrote:

>Some quotes, that I read sofar:
>>Lets hope that most alien civilizations would be more willing to look at
>>us from a distance, rather than interfere with us in a particularly
>>nasty way.
>>Kyle R. Mcallister
>>Ands lets hope we don't stumble into anyones picknic!  ;)
>Most species on Earth won't attack others unless they feel threatened or if
>they need something. This of course isn't some moral plan, but merely a way
>to minimize damage to oneself and to not needlessly spend time hunting
>whatever comes in ones way.
>So it is not unlikely that alien civilizations have a similar attitude. As
>long as they aren't in any need, or if they don't feel threatened, there is
>little reason to attack.
>This works, even while the fittest survive.
>Regarding needs, an advanced civilization can use pretty much any solar
>system to get and make what they want, so only if they get real big, they
>may feel that they need our solar system.
>And if their civilization is big, then it's hard to believe that they
>haven't found us yet. After all, life has existed on Earth for a very long
>time. If they wanted to make use of it, then why wait?

All very true.