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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2012, 08:17:13 AM »

Novel things are interesting, familiar things are not. The aliens will no doubt agree. So the more unique the earth is compared to other planets, the more interesting the aliens will find it from a scientific POV. Unless, as mentioned above, their interest stem from an agenda ... colonizing, abducting rednecks or warning us about the perils of hydraulically fracturing Karoo shale.

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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2012, 08:58:56 AM »

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Unless, as mentioned above, their interest stem from an agenda ...
The point being that they wouldn’t find our planet boring, not initially anyway, regardless of their motivations for coming here.  It takes a considerable interest in things to go off gallivanting through space whatever the impetus for it might be: curiosity or contingency.

As Hermes pointed out, Moore likely meant that any advanced civilization casting its gaze far into its heavens would find our corner of the galaxy unremarkable and rate it low on the scale of probability of harbouring intelligent life, even if they were able to discern from afar the presence of a water-bearing, oxygen-rich planet in the Goldilocks zone orbiting a smallish middle-aged star.  But such distant observation is a rather different matter to them happening upon us by accident or by design in their spacecraft, either because they need a new home or because they are merely exploring.

It’s unlikely that the particular arrangement of life on Earth and its various life forms is so much the same throughout the galaxy or universe that it would provoke an alien yawn for its ordinariness.  Given the huge variety of life we have here on our home planet, it’s a good deal more probable that the aliens would not have seen anything quite like it anywhere else on their travels.  If nothing else, they would still find it transiently interesting though for no other reason than understanding the nature of any potential or unknown threats to them.

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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2012, 09:13:55 AM »

Well I see it as two possible options.

1) Inelegant Aliens wonders if there is life in this galaxy and searches and finds us. Not unlike what we will be doing in the next 100 years.
We're looking and at some point we might be sending out self replicating robots to cover the universe in search of life. but even at that we should be able to detect possibility of life on a planet by analyzing the composition of the atmospheres. something we are starting to be able to do now.

2) The galaxy is teaming with life and nobody is searching for new places because it's boring. In which case we get to the Fermi paradox.   
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2012, 11:44:19 AM »

Well I see it as two possible options.
There is also the possibility that we are happened upon by a group of unruly alien teenagers out on an illicit joyride in a stolen Wormholemobile Mk II. Their interest in our planet will pretty much be restricted to our rich variety of hamburger huts and beer joints.

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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2012, 13:49:00 PM »

If the aliens are bored with us then maybe they are like Al - Mr Deity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIq0UrVlbXY&feature=context-vrec
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2012, 14:10:53 PM »

If the aliens have any sense they would realise that THEY are the source of all the GODS and will laugh their two- brained heads off watching man's pathetic attempts at worshiping them! Or else they would build more pyramids and come back in another million years to find out if we figured how it was done.
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