What would Aliens look like?
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16-07-2016, 01:14 PM
RE: What would Aliens look like?
(11-06-2016 12:30 PM)Fatbaldhobbit Wrote:  This question has fascinated me for decades. I've read sci-fi since I was in elementary school and the different theories of alien life really resonated with me.

Discussing aliens in regards to movies and tv: Gene Roddenberry summed it up nicely. When someone asked him why all the aliens in Star Trek were bipedal humanoids, he replied: That's what all the actors are."

The TV Tropes website has excellent breakdowns of all the common tropes for aliens in pop culture.

In Real Life: That's even more interesting. We are apparently the most intelligent species on earth. In addition to us, there are: dolphins, elephants, octopi, chimps, gorillas, orangutan and parrots. Some dogs are as smart as a human child, and crows have been observed making tools.

So just looking at the species on our planet there is a very wide range. Primates, avians, cephalopods, etc. Then, if you take into account the the bizarre species that appeared in the Cambrian Explosion, there could have been intelligent species that would look truly alien.

Of course, the more alien a species is, the more difficult it would be to communicate with.

But would they have to communicate with you to slice you and dice you and serve you for lunch on a very large toasted bun?
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16-07-2016, 01:15 PM
RE: What would Aliens look like?
(11-06-2016 10:10 PM)Chas Wrote:  [Image: illegal_aliens.jpg]

Those aren't aliens, they are next years Americans!
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16-07-2016, 01:17 PM
RE: What would Aliens look like?
If we left that up to the GOP they would only come from white Europe.

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16-07-2016, 01:19 PM
RE: What would Aliens look like?
(16-07-2016 01:10 PM)Born Again Pagan Wrote:  
(11-06-2016 11:09 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  I was thinking the other day on Extra Terrestrial life. And an old idea came back up.

The images of Aliens seem to be limited by the self-centerness of man.

Grey's, Reptilians. Being the most popular among ET visitation believers. Hold very human characteristics. Even thou being bi-pedal is rather rare even among earth species. The majority of life on this planet has large variety of motion. The eye's are not always at the front of the head. Would life had evolved on a distant planet with the same results as earth? Climate, planets mass, planetary conditions would all have an effect of was may arise.

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Even the god's that man has thought up look like us. Will man ever be able to get over this hurtle?

If an alien species did exist. What could be a strong contender aspect of what they would look like. Given what we know about creatures on this planet (not just humans) what would something we can predict would be expected from another planet.

Why would aliens even have eyes? Maybe they have senses we cannot even imagine. If we didn't have the sense of smell or taste could you imagine anyone inventing the idea of it?

Good point. Maybe heat receptors, a higher nerve sensory so they could feel other presence. Sonar. Just fun to imagine.

Guess we'll never know till we find one. Maybe once we get a better look at Kepler-186.

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16-07-2016, 01:38 PM
RE: What would Aliens look like?
(13-07-2016 02:56 PM)GoingUp Wrote:  
(11-06-2016 11:09 AM)Commonsensei Wrote:  I was thinking the other day on Extra Terrestrial life. And an old idea came back up.

The images of Aliens seem to be limited by the self-centerness of man.

Grey's, Reptilians. Being the most popular among ET visitation believers. Hold very human characteristics. Even thou being bi-pedal is rather rare even among earth species. The majority of life on this planet has large variety of motion. The eye's are not always at the front of the head. Would life had evolved on a distant planet with the same results as earth? Climate, planets mass, planetary conditions would all have an effect of was may arise.

[Image: AlienAutopsy2.jpg]

[Image: Indigenous-Reptilian.jpg]

Even the god's that man has thought up look like us. Will man ever be able to get over this hurtle?

If an alien species did exist. What could be a strong contender aspect of what they would look like. Given what we know about creatures on this planet (not just humans) what would something we can predict would be expected from another planet.

Assuming life on an another planet exists, I suppose it would depend on which species evolved intellectually. If some insect type being evolved intellectually enough to be capable of space travel to here, then that's what we get.

On earth, it was homo sapiens. Elsewhere, it could be anything. It could even be a being that breathes underwater like a fish. We just don't know.

An underwater breather would have enuff problems taking its essential environment onto land much less into space.
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