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- Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:36:25 EST VdooM9pB No.53894
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What do you think would happen if highly intelligent, stronger, more powerful aliens made contact with earth right now and told us the meaning of life.
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Kocoayello !jxaL03vL/Q - Sun, 01 Jun 2014 01:49:28 EST FFrIb9VN No.53896 Reply
I'm assuming you haven't taken DMT yet have you.
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Caroline Herschel - Sun, 01 Jun 2014 08:20:00 EST VdooM9pB No.53898 Reply
>>53896

Not yet, but I am going to work at an Ayahuasca healing center for 3 months at the end of this summer, so I'll get my awesome dose of revolution then
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Kocoayello !jxaL03vL/Q - Sun, 01 Jun 2014 13:04:58 EST FFrIb9VN No.53899 Reply
>>53898
Well there ya go. Alien contact almost assured for you. Always wanted to try Aya meself...
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Darwin Sagan - Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:42:19 EST 11ED96s0 No.53902 Reply
>>53894
I think high intelligence would know that there is no meaning of life. It's all pointless. They would tell us mind blowing things about HOW and WHY life works, but if you think there's a meaning to all this you're going about it the wrong way.
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Pierre-Simon Laplace - Sun, 01 Jun 2014 23:37:59 EST pXcdc30L No.53906 Reply
>>53902
>I thing advanced intelligence will be at least as smart as me and reach the same conclusions
but what if youre wrong and theres like a master plan and we just didnt get the memo? cant explain that.

(btw, I agree with you, its just the unfortunate way you worded your opinion)

to answer OP - we would surely
a) accept their view and completely change
b) not accept their view and not change
c) shrug and be all like whatever
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Georges-Henri Lemaitre - Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:58:08 EST XwQwdExC No.53921 Reply
The meaning of life is to reproduce. If life does not reproduce, it will stop existing
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Subramanyan Chandrasekhar - Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:44:05 EST JYm2FEmQ No.53942 Reply
If life has a meaning, then it is externally imposed on us (by us I mean everything that exists). If that is the case we would live the meaning of someone or something else that wants us to exist the way we exist.

Would you be satisfied with such a scenario?

I would not because then I could devolve this into an infinite regress by asking what their meaning is, why they exist. Since such an eternal loop of nonsensical beginning/end questions is retarded I believe that meaning is not something that exists independent of existence and that existence has to subjectively seek meaning for itself.
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William de Sitter - Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:46:25 EST /LVGLLX+ No.53961 Reply
>>53921
Even if it were, we should definitely stop doing it so much
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Bart Bok - Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:36:17 EST 5O93DDXg No.53972 Reply
>>53961
How about engineer the means to let our life spill out to other planets? So much room out there. Might not have been an agreeable catch phrase but manifest destiny would be a good mentality to take up here.
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George Herbig - Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:49:38 EST c8Qgh/73 No.53973 Reply
Why cant anyone accept the notion that there is no meaning to life? Life just occurs without meaning.
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George Herbig - Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:52:04 EST c8Qgh/73 No.53974 Reply
>>53972
There are people attempting to engineer it. The only problem is that colonizable planets similar to Earth are oh, I don't know, thousands of lightyears away. It's kind of hard to get there buddy. Of course there's Mars, but who the fuck wants to live on mars?
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Jericho !.iRAtomic2 - Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:26:07 EST Bw5xbsOS No.53995 Reply
Regardless of what they told us, we'd call them wrong and go to war.
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Johannes Kepler - Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:55:01 EST 5O93DDXg No.54001 Reply
>>53974
They don't need to be earth like and long term living off planet has been tested thouroghly at the ISS. Mars? fuck that shit for now. The moon is where we should try this first. Becasue face it, terraforming isn't yet doable. So why be on Mars where closest arrival for pick up and evac is 6 plus months, and the moon is like a 3 day road trip. If some thing goes wrong you can get out and go home.

That is our first step to letting our life spill out into the cosmos. It won't be pretty and green, but it will be pretty and grey. You don't need to travel oh, I don't know, a thousand light years. There are plenty of closer likely ideal planets out there.

However I totally expect our species might take to living on our ships and stations floating in the void. Simply because we will be perfecting that ability before we see another green earth like world. The life of a rouge trader doesn't sound too bad to me.
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Karl Jansky - Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:04:33 EST XOlBSeca No.54027 Reply
We already know the meaning of life. It's 42.
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James van Allen - Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:35:51 EST 415JX8nG No.54028 Reply
A bunch of red necks and Taliban guys would start shooting at them for not mentioning God. The alien leader would then separate out the cool people from the assholes who started shooting them and the world will be a better place haha
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Irwin Shapiro - Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:06:37 EST 5O93DDXg No.54031 Reply
>>54028
if by separate you mean bombard from orbit where the only defence I know of is the ISS and an impending kepler sydrom from all the small satellites. Then yes.
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Jacob Kapteyn - Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:20:13 EST ksAXy5yQ No.54035 Reply
>>53894
They've already made contact and they run things in the background from the safety of their underground base north of Nellis AFB in the "Bighorn Sheep" preserves.
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Mike Brown - Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:54:08 EST OXINl/7g No.54036 Reply
>>53942
I agree with the premise of the infinite regress, but it might be just that life's purpose is to maintain some amount of variability in the mingling of chemicals in the universe (note: this doesn't mean that said meaning was bestowed upon anyone--it's just the natural order of things. If that's the case, our secondary purpose may be to serve as food for some other species, but ultimately, every life's meaning is to homogenize atoms throughout the universe.

I think people shy away from explanations like this because they really WANT life to have some meaning that's important to us as sentient beings with extremely short lifespans, but on the scale of the age of the universe, it's hard to imagine our lives as humans can do anything meaningful in the grand scheme of things given our miniscule impact in both time and space. But life on Earth does help to prevent the stagnation of molecules in and around our planet.

I think an equally important question is "what is the meaning of non-life?" I mean, why does Jupiter exist, or comets, or the Orion Nebula? In the absence of life, the vast majority of stuff in the Universe doesn't really change much, or at least very often.
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Roger Penrose - Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:20:53 EST ehZD3TtT No.54061 Reply
>>53942
>If that is the case we would live the meaning of someone or something else that wants us to exist the way we exist.

what if the way it wants us to live is determined how we want to live
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Hannes Alven - Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:49 EST uPxow4QX No.54074 Reply
>>54061
then it would be cool or indifferent with the way we want to live meaning we are not basing our lifestyle or their wants. If what they want is what we want then we chose that for ourselves.
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Edwin Salpeter - Fri, 03 Oct 2014 04:19:18 EST SknUZfy5 No.54465 Reply
>>54036
Interesting point. Baruch Spinoza talks about this a little bit
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Bombastus !!HToBa9dh - Tue, 02 Jun 2015 23:20:47 EST v/Qs9FSo No.55380 Reply
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>>53894
Read Slaughterhouse Five.
Then go watch "Absolution" with Steven Seagal.

One will give you the meaning of life. And one will make you realise it's not worth it.
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Friedrich Bessel - Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:40:52 EST /Tm3UOch No.55381 Reply
>>53894
We'd reject that, obviously.
Our meanings are superior anyway.
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Russel Hulse - Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:57:03 EST 415JX8nG No.55382 Reply
The meaning of life is subjective.
The meaning of our lives to aliens could be rather demeaning to our sense of ourselves and I doubt aliens are going to tell us we are to rule the universe or whatever.
I think life has a general role to play in the future of the universe, as it is a natural byproduct of the Big Bang, but I don't think that would even manifest itself through mere biologic organisms. I think a mastery of quantum technologies will have a dramatic effect on the biology/physiology/psychology of humans.
We're still apes, smart apes for sure, I might even argue that we're great apes, but still just apes
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Joseph Taylor Jr. - Sat, 06 Jun 2015 22:21:11 EST 9Jg5Dok5 No.55389 Reply
>>55382
Who knows? Lulu Amelu have been created by gods from apes to be their slaves, but they rebelled and evolved

and we may evolve further. or embrace our half-ape nature and be forever as we are now. that is meaning, too.
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Imasra - Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:37:45 EST HeCUPa43 No.57840 Reply
>>53894
If I was an input for this, I would put arrogance at the absolute top for spieces domanice. It's all a fucking after everything.
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Mike Brown - Wed, 06 Nov 2019 04:02:19 EST vLrZZdiN No.57843 Reply
>>53894
life is such a general word so that is kind of a silly question. given that the technical definition of life is just a bunch of self replicating amino acids it is grammatically stupidly worded hence why the popular book hitchhiker's guide likes to joke about that question.

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