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Old 04 Feb 2007, 05:05   #1 (permalink)
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An alien race is about to destroy the earth, but a few hours before they power up the death ray they abduct you and ask you to give them a good reason not to wipe out humanity. How would you Justify humanities continued existence?
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Old 04 Feb 2007, 05:36   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I think first off I'd want to know why they are trying to blow the earth up. That might help a bit in formulating my answer.
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Old 04 Feb 2007, 05:43   #3 (permalink)
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hmm...well personally I wouldn't if it meant that I could live...but to keep the rest of the world alive...

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Id hack their computers from my iBook and take down the shields on their uber weapons, so random heros on earth can improbably survive their highly outnumbered and outgunned assaults.

Nah, I'd just tell them that we taste great with catchup.
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Really, I can't think of a reason not to destroy us. I know plenty of reasons to destroy us.

- We work for personal gain rather than greater good.
- We destroy our planet anyway.
- Our civilization is primitive.
- Our culture promotes destruction and disarray.
- We have no value to any alien race.
- We are easily influenced.
- We destroy for trivial reasons.
- We never cooperate with each other.
- The wisdom and intelligence we do have is too scarse and unaccepted to make a difference.
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Old 04 Feb 2007, 11:56   #6 (permalink)
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Well by destroying the Earth they would be wiping all other life forms so I don't see that we're just competing for humanities existance as well.

So good things we've done

1- We made Tau Online 8)
2- We are the most advanced lifeform on the planet.
3- We will willingly become the aliens sex slaves upon request :-\
4- If they let us live we will promise to change our ways, if we're facing extinction I don't think it's too much to ask for that people behave themselves.
5- Our society does help certain life forms to exist so it's not all bad. Think of the pigeons.
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Old 04 Feb 2007, 13:36   #7 (permalink)
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We have a right to live. Just as you do.

Seems simple enough to me :P
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Because you wouldn't like to see me angry. That would be my reason. :P
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Well, I think first off I'd want to know why they are trying to blow the earth up. That might help a bit in formulating my answer.
Good point. Let's find out their reason for blowing up the Earth in the first place, and go from there.

But, bothering to pick me up and posing this question to me, I would guess they where just toying with me, having a laugh. And that's just mean.
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Well no alien can wipe out earth or there’ll be no more Bacon!!!

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An alien race is about to destroy the earth, but a few hours before they power up the death ray they abduct you and ask you to give them a good reason not to wipe out humanity. How would you Justify humanities continued existence?
Well before I give a serious answer I want some more detail to the question. First what kind of Aliens are they?

-Nasty yucky slimly worms
-Bug things
-Very small bug things
-LGM (Little Green Men)
-MsGMwBE (Medium-sized Grey Men with Big Eyes)
-So random we can't imagine them

If they are Nasty yucky slimly worms then I'm going to run around scared s***less. Thus I'm unlikely to talk to them. Bug things are likely to eat me and so my word is not worth anything. Very small bug things will be blown away whenever I open my mouth. LGMs are scary, but I can talk to them. MsGMwBE even scarier, but I can talk to them. So random, well what are the odds I can communicate or even realise I'm on their ship?

Ok...Taking communication out of the equation and the nature of the Alien (Thus dealing with LGMs) I come to the second gripe. What kind of culture do these Aliens have. This will mean all the difference when it comes to structuring an argument.

Ok...Let's say I have no idea of their culture.

Well I would have to tell them about the pros of human culture;
-Our resilience
-Our inotive skills
-Our compassion for our fellow humans (an perhaps aliens if they show compassion for us)
-Our technology and how far we have come
-The fact that we are a fledgling race in a very big galaxy
-We have Bacon!

-Finally I would give them the warning that earth WILL defend itself if attacked, this may take some bluffing and referring to TV like Independence Day, Doctor Who, War of the Worlds etc...

Hopefully the Aliens would see more reasons to join with us rather than destroy us. If not I still want to go back to earth to say bye to my girl and to have a bacon roll.

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