Well most of you will be on he same opinion - ALF exist and we believe that one day - soon or later they will come or we will happen to meet them.
How will they look like? This topic has been discussed n details by the late astronomer Carl Sagan. I would strongly recommend his book - very well known to the older generation mostly due to the TV series he directed - which is result of his research on popularization of science and his search for alien forms.
The most interesting moment of course will be the encounter itself - how all those ppl - leaders politics and etc will react - or what will be the code of beaviour with the aliens - that will bring whole lot of fun to the ordinary ppl. I recall scenes from the movie Mars attacks - and I think on formal level it will be this way. So lets hope that the first encounters will take place in a loose informal fashion so that we will avoid shame and the embarassment.
Well but - shall we be ever able to meet another civilization? At this moment it is very unlikely that we won't. The means of traversing long distances we have are extremely primitive...we are restricted by the speed of light! Even if we manage to travel at this speed we won't be able to reach very far - not within a life span of the senders - nor of the passangers...seems that we are prisoners if not of the earth then of the solar (inner solar) system.
But there is light in the tunnel...according to some calculations and hypotheses we might be able to travel in time and space in an instantaneous manner! This might be all possible at the vicinity of a Black Hole through a sleevs called Worm Holes...
At the present moment this has been seenn in the highly abstract solutions of the Einstein equations...we are to wait a bit longer to witness it ourselves...
Edited by rockarolla, 05 February 2008 - 09:06 AM.