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...but they would view us a big nuisance.
Quote from: Geezer on 26/04/2010 18:20:40...but they would view us a big nuisance.Indeed. If they can get here from a distant star (none of the near stars show any evidence of life) then they could go somewhere else where they didn't have to deal with that nuisance.Of course, there's the possibility that eliminating the human race could be trivial for them and hardly a nuisance at all, but in that case there would be nothing we could do about it.What it seems to come down to is that if aliens are interested in the planet (which we cannot conceal), either for resources or for colonisation, then knowing about human life on Earth is either going to act as a deterrent or won't be a significant factor.
That is not a very scientific comment latebind. I can see no supportable evidence for your assertion. All species tend to try to act in a way that is of benefit to themselves. Humans are no different in this respect: either personal, family or tribe (country, state, race, religion, football team etc). The fact that this is sometimes restrained is, maybe, a measure of our greater understanding of the world, but is rare and rather recent in human history. I would contend that aliens would, currently, have no advantage in contacting and dealing with humans. We would have nothing they would want. I perceive the danger is in humans being able to manage any rapid advance in technology that might arise. We don't manage very well what we have as it is - nuclear technology, genetic engineering, climate change etc.
I think that the clearest evidence that there is INTELLIGENT life elsewhere in the universe rests in the fact that they have NOT come HERE...   
Call me cynical if you like, just don't call me Shirley. If aliens ever happen to show up in these parts, we're doomed. (Yeah, thrice doomed I tell ye! Wo! Wo is we! Doomed I tell ye!)Assuming they are not simply looking for an alternative source of protein, or some comfy new digs, and they are here on a purely scientific mission, their arrival will precipitate all kinds of destabilizing influences.The mere mass of politicians rushing to meet them is likely to tip the Earth off its axis.
If they do show up, which is highly unlikely I admit, Graham gets my vote to lead the welcoming committee. 
Doesn't anyone want to address my argument as to why there should be no problem with nasty aliens? I feel ignored :-(
As the human race occupies only a tiny fraction of this timespan and our technological advancement an even smaller fraction, any advanced civilisation capable of interstellar space travel would likely to be aware of us on earth for thousands (even many millions) of years. Any nasty things that they could do to us would have been done already - why wait.
Considering a lease on a planet can last for a few million years at least, it may be well worth a long drive for some prime beachfront property on the cheap 
It is also possible that the more advanced of these cultures would have laws which they may enforce to prevent such behaviour, but that is conjecture.
Expect a bill for 1 pint of decent real ale in 100 years then. I will let you know the exact price and specific ale next week; it depends on the guest ale in my customary drinking establishment. I should warn you it will cost in the vicinity of Ł3.00.
Also if this was anything like common it would have happened already.