I’ve been conducting some polls among my social media communities and though not earth shaking, the contradictory results are interesting. Let’s just say members of the Sci-Fi community are less likely to believe in Ancient Alien influence on Earth than members of the community known as: Ancient Aliens, Extraterrestrial Influence, and UFOs.
I figured there would be very little discrepancy but take a look at the results.
DISCUSSION: The Turgai Geoglyphs are virtually unstudied earthworks and NASA has taken an interest in them. These earthworks are recognizable from the air only, are huge, and the oldest is estimated to be 8,000 years old.
QUESTION: What do think these ancient earthworks are?
CHOICES and RESULTS: The first percentage is from the Ancient Alien community and the second percentage is from the Sci-Fi community.
Ancient Alien Community 93 voters
Sci-Fi Community 212 voters
33% Evidence of Ancient Alien Influence 13%
17% Nomadic Stone Age Tribes35%
4% Observatories to track sun movements 33%
45% All of the above 18%
TP—I’m telling you…it was an ancient Scottish guy on holiday and he marked out our flag on the ground…nothing sinister at all.
DA—The largest “you have got mail” indicator on the planet.
LG— The start of a really big nought and crosses game?
PF— It is obviously pirate treasure. Everyone knows that X marks the spot!
AW— Board Game for Giants
When Aliens Visit
DISCUSSION: Renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, suggests visiting ETs may not be friendly cosmic neighbors. (ProbeNote: For recap visit, Aliens—Will They Be Naughty or Nice?) QUESTION: Do you think they will be peaceful, aggressive, or just curious?
CHOICES and RESULTS:
Ancient Alien Community274 voters
Sci-Fi Community194 voters
12% Peaceful 6%
8% Aggressive 20%
7% Curious 30%
17% Depends on how we treat them 23%
56% They’re already here 21%
Some noteworthy comments:
JRB— Trump will take care of them.
BW— They would see us as irrelevant.
WC— Shared 3 laws of alien behavior extracted from the novel The Killing Star by Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowshi (1) Their survival will be more important than ours. (2) Wimps don’t become top dogs. (3) They will assume the first two laws apply to us. (ProbeNote: I must say Pellegrino and Zebrowski’s laws make sense when you compare them to our own human behaviors.)
EBT— I think “Frightened” should be added. Once they observe us for a while they will wonder how the hell we have managed to even survive.
TB— It’s a real toss up. If they are of the hive mentality and are sufficiently advanced, we are screwed. If they are a peaceful, intelligent race,like the Vulcans, maybe we would be alright. Has anyone thought of size making a difference. For instance, if they are 100 feet tall, we may seem to be parasites on a dust ball. Or a thousand feet from a planet with,light gravity and a high oxygen atmosphere. Or if they,are only ant sized and we start an interplanetary war when they hit a bug zapper. A lot of ifs in that question.
ZS— The only race capable of spending hundreds of years traveling at sub-light speeds to other stars would be a synthetic one. I would like to think robots would be rational…they certainly would have no need for our Earth.
AF— I think they’ll have very little reason to be aggressive. The universe, even our own solar system, is filled to the brim with all kinds of resources. Asteroids, Kuiper Belt Objects, Moons, Planets, Centaurs…Why be aggressive? Even if you need water, there is more fresh water on Jupiters moon Enceladus than all the lakes on Earth! The one thing I’m absolutely sure about, however, is that it WON’T depend upon how we treat them – they’ll already have made up their mind about how to treat us long before they get here. That being said, I could see them kidnapping a few individuals or stealing some livestock, for reasons varying from research to ship provisions (think sailors hunting goats on an oceanic island to have something to eat). I don’t think they would take more than they need however.
Most people in these communities offer either funny comments or informative ones. However, there are a few haters out there, as we all know, who say stuff like: “Ancient Aliens. Is this a joke?” Or this guy:“I’d rather deal with an actual alien (angry or not), than a happy fantasy obsessed alien hunting zealot. Can we waste yet more time on absolute nonsense… please?”
Wow. I’ve been called a lot of things, but never “a happy fantasy obsessed alien hunting zealot.” I’m fraking honored. And look how much time he spent commenting.
But I gotta wonder why someone who’d make such a comment would even join a Sci-Fi community if they are such non-believers in the imagination.
Another poll for another day. Back to ancient aliens, they are way more fun to imagine than hater logic. If you didn’t vote, please leave a comment and let me know your opinion unless you’re a hater and if you are, take a road trip to Colorado and get you some happy juice instead of commenting.
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