Eventually human society will dominate the universe.

June 21, 2015, 12:02 am

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The debate "Eventually human society will dominate the universe." was started by Upbeatethan on June 21, 2015, 12:02 am. 35 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 25 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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Out of all of the possible outcomes, there is only one in which we do not dominate the universe. If we never encounter alien life, we will. If we encounter alien let few but are more advanced, we will. If we encounter alien life that is more advanced, but they have no interest in colonization, we will. It is only if we run into like minded aliens that are superior that we will be checked, and even them it would result in an arms race of sorts to see who could colonize and defend their colonies, which we have already seen drive innovation and invention here on earth during conflicts. Based on this, I would say it is far more likely that we will dominate the universe than not.

4 years, 4 months ago

Yes, but like you said, the chances are equal. There's nothing saying that they won't be the domination type. But maybe they aren't either. Maybe they take a more defensive stance, where they aren' set on conquering other planets, but they still won't allow other species to get close to theirs without a fight. As for the advancement of technology, the way I see it, its hard to define more or less advanced on a universal scale. Surely other planets have other resources, other elements, and other needs compared to Earth. Maybe they don' have anything above a 92 Window computer, but they already have flying cars. Maybe they don't have guns, but they've perfected making the sharpest point possible AND have figured out how to shoot bows and arrows in space. There's just no way of knowing what's out there, and so I will repeat what I said in my last argument: to believe that Earth wil automatically dominate the universe (or even the galaxy) is ludicrous.

4 years, 4 months ago

The odds are equally good that we would be more advanced than the alien species we encountered. Even then, it would depend on their thought processes whether they are warlike and seek to dominate (like us) or peaceful and likely to be conquered by us. The odds of us encountering an alien species that is more advanced and seeks to prevent us from dominating the universe isn't nearly as good as the odds of other life just existing somewhere out in the void.

4 years, 4 months ago

But who says there aren't other races doing the same thing? Lets just say for simplicity's sake we managed to inha it Mars. Then soon after Venus, then Jupiter, and we keep going eventually going outside of the solar system and then out of the galaxy, then even if we don't actually reach another alien specie's home planet, assuming they've been working in a similar manner we're bound to at least hit one of their "colonies." To say that we would automatically be dominant is ridiculous. Back on Earth, America, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands among others have all had colonies or territories at one point or another, and yet, not all of these countries can be considered "dominant," maybe not even a single country. Spreading to other planets implies the same scenario on a larger scale.

4 years, 4 months ago

There is always a chance, but as we have yet to observe any it is impossible to guess what chance that is. There could be 1000 species more advanced than us and we would be unlikely to encounter them in the next few thousand years due to the space involved (pun intended). Once we settle other planets and start expanding, it will be impossible for a single event to end humanity, which increases our odds of dominance substantially. Until such time as we encounter another intelligent species, we have no basis for speculation about who would be more advanced.

4 years, 4 months ago

So you are saying that once we start colonizing other planets there is no chance we will find other life that might be superior to our own?

4 years, 4 months ago

I mean we're already doing it now, so most likely we're gonna keep doing it

4 years, 5 months ago

You sir deserve a reward

4 years, 5 months ago

If we survive long enough, yes, probably. The only things I can image that could prevent that is us killing ourselves (nuclear war) or a cataclysmic event killing us suddenly (meteor strike for example). Otherwise it is only a matter of time before we develop the technology to colonize other planets, travel in space long term, and eventually spread throughout the Galaxy. It may take thousands of years, but unless something kills us here, once we have spread off of Earth there will be no stopping us.

4 years, 5 months ago
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