Question of the Day: An extraterrestrial alien race makes contact with humanity for the first time ever. Would this change your views on evolution, religion, philosophy, and how life began?
No. It all would fit in comfortably with what I believe. I believe in scientific principles and method.
No, the existence of alien life has absolutely nothing to do with evolution on this planet.
Evolution? I suppose it's more evidence that it's correct. Nothing changes.
Religion? We're here, we exist in a natural world. No change.
Philosophy? Aliens are equivalent to another culture. Nothing changes.
How did life begin? We still don't know. It's possible they'd be advanced enough to shed more light on the possibilities, but I doubt there'd be any notable change there. Life began through natural processes. No change.
I mostly put the religion and philosophy in there for theists, but it's likely for the other two categories we'd learn more about evolution and the beginnings of life.
Not change. Partially confirm. But finding any evidence of even primitive microbial life off-planet would do that as well.
So long as it's confirmed to not have a terrestrial origin.
Wow, can't believe this many people are literally retarded (to all of you no voters) you've been graced with a vast expansion of knowledge yet NOTHING has changed in your feeble minds? Ignorance is bliss
This scenario is completely unrealistic. No aliens would ever come to Earth willingly.
Lmao fair enough. I should've put down "if we found alien life"
Possibly and it may also fill in the blanks in a lot of places.
No, no, yes, no
Actually maybe for the first one. Depends on how different they are.
Maybe...depends what they have to say
Yes. In my view it'd make all of earth's religions (with exceptions to most eastern religions) seem less credible, since most don't account for other life throughout the universe. It wouldn't change my views on philosophy or evolution, while it would be interesting to see if that alien race has observed evolution (is evolution universal would be answered) or not. It'd also answer the questions on how life began because they likely started the same way we did.
Unfortunately, religions are conniving bastards. They'll claim they were saying it was real all along.
Religions not mentioning aliens shouldn't make them less credible. Ever heard of the Prime Directive?
True but if they did try this tactic only some religions would benefit. The Catholics are open minded on the issue of aliens, while Protestants put emphasis on the death of Christ for man, they'd have to now answer "if Jesus died for the sins of man, does this death also pay for the sins of aliens? They weren't desendants of Adam." Islam and Judaism would have similar issues and Judaism and Hinduism might go out of style since their gods seem to be more nationalistic rather than universal. The Church of Scientology and Mormon ism would remain unchanged and might adapt to this change by adding to their religion as they have before with "divine revolation" from prophets.
Actually no, Hinduism would probably take aliens in stride. Their gods are actually famous for being universal, literal expressions of the totality of reality. Aliens would just be seen as another part of the Brahman.
Fair enough but Hinduism would need to transfer into more of a global religion rather than an ethnic one for it to make that stride as you purpose. It'd likely reform itself like Christianity did to Judaism so Hinduism could be more accepted to people worldwide and universe wide.