Friday, December 12, 2014

Results have often been disastrous

Today I am working on a book display called "Amazing worlds," which features some of the most interesting premises in fiction. I've been trying to add to my list by doing research on out-there scientific concepts that have probably made it into fiction, and I was amused to come across the below in a Wikipedia article on the Fermi paradox (the universe is really big so other life probably exists, but we haven't met it), discussing possible answers/solutions:
"It is dangerous to communicate
An alien civilization might feel it is too dangerous to communicate, either for us or for them. After all, when very different civilizations have met on Earth, the results have often been disastrous for one side or the other, and the same may well apply to interstellar contact.[111"

Mouse over "have often been disastrous for one side or the other" and you see it links to:

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a great display! But yes, it might be "dangerous to communicate." It can certainly be difficult.
    And what a nice little Wikipedia dig.