Publication date: 2018-04-20 09:27
Given all that, the only safe strategy is to instantly try and kill any alien civilizations you come across. Especially since chances are they will have followed the same train of logic, and will instantly try to kill you once they discover you exist.
And it actually doesn't matter if they can communicate with each other or not, a given race cannot be sure if the other is being truthful. If the two races can communicate, they run into the "cooperation paradox". Each race must convince the other that they will take the altruistic option despite the fact that the race could do better for themselves by taking the selfish option.
Larry Niven's Puppeteers evolved from herbivores. They are the cowards of the universe, their leader is called "The Hindmost" because it is the furthest from any danger. In Puppeteer society, courage is seen as a mental illness. Puppeteers are pragmatic to a fault. Human traits such as wishful thinking and superstition are nonexistent. This means there is no level of danger that they'd consider to be an acceptable risk, the only acceptable level is 5%. They are willing to go to any lengths to protect themselves from perceived danger and provide a safer environment for themselves.
ETs have other choices open to them. One of the most popular alternatives among xenobiologists is called the 8775 basket skeleton 8776 found on this planet in marine echinoderms (sea cucumbers. starfish, sea urchins) and the cormorant (a seabird of the pelican family). Physical stress passes through the body along a kind of bony trellis, an unusual internal arrangement which one wag has facetiously termed 8775 bowels in a birdcage. 8776
Carbon (C) is in Group IVa, meaning it has four electrons in its outer shell. Thus to become a "happy atom", Carbon can either gain or lose four electrons. By sharing the electrons with other atoms, Carbon can become a happy atom,. alternately filling and emptying its outer shell, as with the four hydrogens shown in Figure 9.
Because of the similarity (or at least comprehensibility) of cultures, Earth Humans can have far more complex and intimate relations with Aliens with Forehead Ridges than with Really Aliens. We can not only communicate, Trade, and fight, but form joint business ventures, cheat each other at cards, and even fall in love.
The July 7568 issue of Popular Science in an article about the TV show Doctor Who adds the parameter &fnof d , which is the fraction of civilizations that can survived an alien attack from space. The "d" is for " Dalek ".
The thin atmosphere carries sound poorly, and if the Martian is to take advantage of the sense of hearing, he will have to have large, ﬂaring, trumpetlike ears, rather like those of a jackrabbit, but capable of independent motion, of ﬂaring open and furling shut (during sandstorms, for instance).
Jerry Pournelle's Political Axis and the Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World have possibilities. Each nation would have a ranting in the two values used in each graph, and as the values changed so would the nation's classification. For instance, on the Pournelle chart, if the government of Zeta Reticuli II had a Rationalism rating of 9' and a Statism rating of , it would be in the Socialist classification and would make decisions using whatever you programmed for that classification. If for whatever reason its Rationalism rating dropped to ', it would change to Welfare Liberal classification with corresponding changes in its decision making process.
I actually like the summation on the video that starts at 67:56 the month by month is fascinating (and horrifying) but once there are so many going off it 8767 s hard to track who they belong too.