If we were to go to war with an alien race, how likely is it that all nations would ally against the aliens? Would our differences stop us from helping each other?

Great question, but let’s bring it down to Earth so we can see from the perspective of history.

American Indians lived in North America for centuries and knew no other people from other parts of the world. When the first Europeans settled they were from the other side of the ocean – a vast inconceivable distance and place. The Europeans were aliens.

The Europeans started to encroach on native lands, pushing natives back into territories occupied by other natives. War between natives broke out. Eventually war with the descendants of the Europeans broke out. It was a mess. Most Indian tribes did combine, sharing the common enemy: The United States of America.

They lost.

In terms of the modern world, united we stand, divided we fall. We’re divided.

Am’t – a new word

The English language sometimes incorporates coined expressions.

I have a new one that needs to be incorporated into dictionaries: am’t

It’s a conjunction of am and not.

For example: “Are you going out?” “No I am’t (am not).”

Or: I am’t not going to drink and drive. (or whatever.)

It makes perfect sense.

Unfriended

Rationalthinking101.com is my blog and whenever I post to it, like now, it’s setup to share my post both on Twitter and Facebook.

Since I live in Texas, I’m in the Trump Bible Belt. I’ve got friends here and I work for the state, but in a recent survey I discovered most of my Texan friends don’t believe in rational science and definitely support Trump. They believe Earth was created 6,000 years ago (even though many Christians believe otherwise) and that Trump is the best president ever (mind boggling to me – don’t they keep up?).

These views make their way to RationalThinking101.com and as a result trickle to Facebook and Twitter. Once in awhile (not every day, mind you), I get a notification that some person I worked with for years and years has unfriended me.

How can that be? I accepted them as my friend and coworker, can they not do the same?

Of course, I’ve got many Texan friends on Facebook and 99.99% of them remain my friends, the occasional dropout makes me sad.

Here are a few of my views. If you don’t like ’em, get rid of me, but I still like you as a person.

  1. Earth is over 4 billion years old.
  2. Trump is a bad president.
  3. I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
  4. We went to the moon.
  5. The Earth is not flat.
  6. Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
  7. I get along with pretty much everybody even if politically I bite my lip. (I was afraid, during the last election, to put posters in my yard. I feared for my family and my home.)
  8. I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
  9. I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
  10. I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.

There ya go.

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Why hasn’t one species “won” evolution? Why hasn’t one super-species outcompeted all competitors?

Humans are the dominant species based on our technology and industry intelligence, opposable and language skills. There are creatures that eat humans, but homo-sapiens as a species won’t be wiped out because of it. Most of us just avoid being in a place where we might get eaten by a shark or a crocodile or a lion.

We have our educational institutions, Internet, electricity, cities, medicine, cellphones, transportation and so on.

In that sense, we are the super-species.

But there’s nothing saying we will improve in the future. We could devolve over a few hundred thousand years time. Dependence on technology and shopping in supermarkets doesn’t advance mean we will evolve “upwards.” For example, I wear eyeglasses, but it used to be in days of yore if you couldn’t see clearly you’d die soon enough. There’s nothing saying that our eyesight, teeth and a host of other things will improve over time.

Right now, however, we’re the pinnacle, standing at the top of the hill. Like this picture that I took in Caprock Canyon State Park in Texas and then heavily modified it inside The GIMP.

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What will be the next major step in the evolution of the human species?

You know, evolution doesn’t always mean things get better.

It used to be if someone couldn’t see clearly they’d die of starvation. Now we have eye-glasses, so the need to have perfect eyes isn’t required by our species anymore. It used to be if someone had no teeth they’d starve. Now we have dentists that fix teeth, so having good teeth isn’t a requirement for our species anymore.

So it could be that in the future mankind will have bad vision and bad teeth.

We might devolve, which just means the rules for survival of the fittest changes.

This image might strike a point. Please excuse the vulgarity of the message. It was not my intent to offend.

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What are the chances that we will have an answer to “do extraterrestrial life exist?” within the next 10 years?

Finding extraterrestrial life within 10 years?

There is very little chance in the next ten years. We are to assume that it is highly likely that microbial life exists somewhere, perhaps in our own solar system, but even that we are unlikely to discover within 10 years.

Finding something living off Earth is the holy grail of science. As of date, Earth is the only planet we know for sure that has life. As for a multi-cellular organisms, that may also exist somewhere in our solar system, but our discovery of microorganisms or more complex lifeforms within 10 years is impossible.

When will a rogue planet collide with Earth?

Worry about the future of life itself on the only planet ever found to have life.

When will a rogue planet collide with Earth? Probably never again, although smaller objects like comets might hit us. However the future for Earth and life on Earth doesn’t look good either way.

For a planet to collide with another is like a bullet hitting a bullet. Space is big compared to a tiny planet, and the chance that a rogue planet might actually collide here is a long shot, even though we believe it may have already happened once.

It’s pretty unlikely to happen again because that was back in the day when the solar system was still forming and more volatile.

But what is happening is that the sun is running out of fuel. Every billion years or so it gets about 10% hotter as a result. We estimate that in 1.1 billion years it will be too hot to sustain life on Earth. The oceans will evaporate, greenhouse gasses will take over and Earth will become like Venus: too hot and raining sulfuric acid. All this happens way before the sun becomes a red giant and destroys Mercury, Venus and probably Earth.

So you don’t have to worry about that rogue planet hitting us. You have to worry about the future of life itself on the only planet ever found to have life.

Am I a pessimist or a realist?