Why are people so put off by the idea that extraterrestrials or alien races have learned how to trav… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Put off? I don’t think that quite explains people’s reactions to the possibility of extraterrestrial visitations.
There are some people who reject out of hand anything that doesn’t conform with their fundamental belief system. The idea that intelligent life either exists at all or takes any form other than human is, to them, preposterous.
Some folks are still entrenched in conventions of rocketry that predate World War II, and they assume that civilizations inhabiting other planets would be equally grounded. Thus, only those planets closest to their own would be likely destinations for cosmic travellers.
Then there is the amount of time required to traverse the vast distances of the universe—millions upon millions of light years. Those with a thumbnail sketch of the Theory of General Relativity will cite the inability to travel faster than the speed of light, thus making interstellar travel nigh improbable and certainly not something one would ask a travel agent to book.
Now, the prediction of esoteric means to cross billions of cosmic miles in a relative instant—wormholes, for example, bending the fabric of time and space—does little to sway those who aver that tremendous amounts of energy are needed to transform that swell of undulating gravitational waves into a single barrel capable of zipping one from Alpha Centauri to the backside of the Milky Way. Plus, all the predictions of what may happen within this invisible vortex range from disintegration to being crushed to the size of one’s favorite M&M.
There are also the xenophobes among us who simply can’t imagine any race of beings as anything other than a marauding gang of interlopers hell-bent on enslaving, and quite possibly dining on, humans—much like the Europeans did in years past. As there are no current means to arm oneself against these heathens, the last refuge is denial.