Interesting article published by Time Magazine this week. I suppose interest in science could be considered a 'hobby'. Why Aliens Would (Probably) Come in Peace (this title comes from the Time Magazine's paper periodical. The linked article title comes from Time's on-line site.)
When the Martians first land on Earth in the 1996 sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!, for a moment it appears all will be fine. "We come in peace," says their leader, as the music swells and a dove soars overhead. Seconds later the Martian pulls out a laser gun and opens fire on a crowd of human onlookers. Yet another blockbuster alien invasion has begun.
That's Hollywood, of course. But the melodrama underscores one of humanity's most widely held fears: that if and when we do encounter extraterrestrial beings, they will wreak all kinds of havoc, much as they do in the movies.
Or will they? For his new book, Aliens: The World's Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, quantum physicist Jim Al-Khalili asked a series of experts to explore how humans might actually make contact with aliens. The possibility is not as far-fetched as it once seemed: since NASA launched its Kepler mission in 2009, researchers have discovered thousands of new planets and "revolutionized our concept of how many habitable worlds could exist," writes astrobiologist Nathalie Cabrol in one of the book's essays.
But while Hollywood suggests we should expect to battle their inhabitants, science tells a different story. Here, five popular alien myths that Aliens debunks.
Big fan of Star Trek and 2001 but I'm not sure it will be carbon life forms visiting us at all given how tough it is to keep it alive in space let alone how long it takes even at the speed of light to reach the nearest planetary system. I think our first contact is more likely with a probe/supercomputer from a a world where the carbon based life forms may have already evolved to machines or even light.
Fascinating stuff, i highly doubt anyone on this planet has even though of what the actual truth is.
Star Trek didn't lie. They took the reasonable assumption that to generate interest in the story lines most of the alien contacts would have to be humanoid so that we could "identify" with them. They did however depart from that template several times to feature life forms that were not based on carbon and/ or were not mammalian or easily recognizable to us. Life "totally alien" to us.
Good ol' Star Trek. For 1967 that series totally f'n Rocked.