Well I mean, if they came to destroy us we would be gone in an instant. If they had the technology to travel to Earth they would probably have the capabilities of bombing the shit out of us without even entering our atmosphere. Shit would be fucked.
I honestly believe that Humanity will reach a developmental stagnancy until we can fully begin to cooperate with each other, even in the presence of extraterrestrials, nations would probably try to either be the heroes to ally with them, or heroes in defeating them, the Human race is far to extreme and selfish in order to create a stable and unified Earth.
possibly, but (I dont know that much about history, but it must have happened some times in the distant past) generally the people at the cutting edge, eg astronauts, generally are exempt from the pettiness surrounding politics, eg the "co-operation" between the cosmonauts and astronauts. Also, there will probably be more independent groups capable of contact who probably will
Well yeah, countries hate one another then aliens start to pwn earth, then other countries say"what? we have to join together even so how much we hate one another we'll force ourselves to defend our world for the sake of other countries we despise?".
Pretty much the jist of it. Even terrorist groups would force themselves to fight along side to survive. But only that they would just fight for themselves and let others do their own shit.
I doubt aliens would come out nowhere for no apparent to start killing off beings they hardly even need to kill in the first place as some stupid excuse.
"oh noes our planet is now dead, we come to earth to rebuild and destroy some pesky humans that settled upon a new planet we think we should own"
Yes we would unite because it gives us a common foe. For the first time, we could partition the world into an ingroup/outgroup, where the ingroup contains the entirety of humanity. That has never before happened in Earth's history, but it's not an extraordinary step to take. People form communities form small towns form citystates form coalitions form countries. We're already well past the limit on how many individual relations a human brain can form (~150) and we seem to be chugging along fine, so there doesn't seem to be an upper limit as to how large a human society can get.
[quote]To lessen friction and promote unity between the Rattlers and Eagles, Sherif devised and introduced tasks that required cooperation between the two groups. These tasks are referred to in the study as superordinate goals. A superordinate goal is a desire, challenge, predicament or peril that both parties in a conflict need to get resolved, and that neither party can resolve alone. Challenges set up by the Sherifs included a water shortage problem, a "broken down" camp truck that needed enough "man" power to be pulled back to camp, and finding a movie to show. These and other necessary collaborations caused hostile behavior to subside. The groups bonded to the point that, by the end of the experiment, the boys unanimously insisted they all ride back home on the same bus.[/quote]
[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;35805440]We're already well past the limit on how many individual relations a human brain can form (~150) and [b]we seem to be chugging along fine[/b], so there doesn't seem to be an upper limit as to how large a human society can get.
If the current state of the world is "Chugging along fine" I'd HATE to see "Utter bloody chaos.
Look at our planet; do you believe any higher intelligence would become public to such a global condition? If any attempt were to be made, it would then be private, with whom appropriate; thus leaving injections to question.
[QUOTE=Mr Shadyface;35973819]If the current state of the world is "Chugging along fine" I'd HATE to see "Utter bloody chaos.[/QUOTE]
He's talking about society, not global economic and political status.
Even if humans pulled together and nuked the shit out of some alien invaders, that still wouldn't change the way we are, like today. Not unless we want change, or force it, or whatever.
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