A nice aci-fi story I stole for elsewhere
God I love stories like this. There was another one like this where a human child drove a hive queen thingy insane because it kept asking why. Seeing as how a hive queen had never been questioned before. Etc. Its a nice twist on how the normal sci fi story goes where the aliens are far more deadly than the humans.
@CocoasBro, oh no I can't find it, please help.
@Nogard, Cant help ya its been to long. Didnt download it either
And then the space marines showed up and did what you should to any xeno scum.
@Weird Porn Stash, they mostly come out at night. Mostly.
@Weird Porn Stash, have Sex with them! Oohrah! Get some!
I've long been of the opinion that humanity as a species is extremely well suited for interstellar warfare. This story is an extreme view of course, anyone capable of interstellar flight would at minimum be aware of fission and fusion just from the stars themselves, so atomic weapons would not be a surprise, though using them might be. But we have an extremely fast breeding cycle for our size and intelligence, and an extremely long lifespan and "prime fighting age" along with it. Think of a lion, a being that can kill man, only alive 25 years in captivity about 12 in the wild, while from 18 to 50 man can be expected to also kill a lion with tools we build from instinct like clubs and spears. Think of every group of kids playing worldwide and how soon and often it devolves into "kid with biggest stick chasing others". Primates in the wild also engage in warfare, one of the few groups that do so. Chimpanzees will form tribes and fight each other, many primates do to some extent.
@thrawnfett, we are naturally warlike, to such an extent that our only "competition" that registers planet wide is the ones 98% genetically similar and sharing a common ancestor to us. We are also extraordinarily curious. We want to not only know the what of something, which many intelligent animals like dolphins, crows, octopuses, and other primates do as well. But we also want the WHY of something. We explore, not just for resources like food like other species, but just to be able to point at the map and say "this is what is here!". This makes us natural scouts as a species. We are bipedal, with access to manipulators on our fingers that can grip. Ever try to take something from a monkey? Despite them being 3 times as strong pound for pound as us, a human child can pull something away from a monkey simply because they cannot hold it like we can. Mechanically we can throw, far hard and accurate, something monkeys are also poor at. This gives us ranged options even unarmed.
@thrawnfett, finally, we are extraordinarily adaptable. We have humans living on, above, or below every surface on this earth, including Antarctica, an area so inhospitable that a human would easily die in seconds in some of its worst areas. Our technology rapidly advances, with Warfare being one of the prime necessities for our "Mother of All Inventions" group. We went from swords and spears to guns and artillery in less than 500 years. We now operate on missile and nuke in less that 100. We're now working on lasers and electromagnetic warfare, in less than 50. In a dozen years, we'll be prototyping weapons I can't yet conceive of. This isn't accounting for new discoveries either, which will also be applied to warfare immediately as well. We are creatures built for warfare, we can do more of course, but we will always have an enormous edge built in
@thrawnfett, you sound quite learned on this subject, so perhaps you can answer something I’ve been curious about.
Are humans the only animal to cook their food, and if so, why are we the only ones with a digestive system adapted to cooked food?
@I Are Lebo, depends on what you mean by cooked. Birds and primates especially will prep their food if given the chance and opportunity to. I have read anecdotes of some even using natural fires to do so. So while they lack the ability to control fire as we do and "cook" that is more an evolution and society thing. As far as cooked food digestion goes, we aren't very special. All cooking does is make food safer to eat by killing parasites and the like while it also renders fat and breaks down certain enzymes and proteins to make it easier to digest. Most animals would likely benefit equally from cooked food as we do, getting more from less safer, unless something releases toxins for them when cooked (like an opposite of how cooking some things makes them safer for humans). But there's plenty of animals that can chow down on stuff that would kill us, and stuff we love like chocolate, garlic, or grapes can kill animals like dogs or cats. So that is more trial and error or study related
@I Are Lebo, another important point about cooking is that cooking can reset the clock on things. Cooked chicken is safe to consume longer than raw chicken in equal conditions would be. Overcooking raw chicken that had been left out to long allows us to still safely consume what would otherwise be dangerous. Smoking a meat can make it edible for months at room temperature. This natural preservation edge allows us to use more of the animal than we would otherwise be able to, meaning we also get more out of the animals than we would if they were uncooked. But other animals would also get all of those edges as well, they just lack the ABILITY as of now to do it. So we aren't unique, just more capable of taking advantage of it. Similar to updrafts of air. Birds can already use them naturally, but as we advanced we unlocked the ability to use them as well. If a dog could build a hotair ballon though, he could as well, he just lacks the ability to create it yet. Cooking is similar
It’s sad to say but at least right now from an outside point of view, humanity would probably seem extremely brutish, warlike, childish and belligerent, almost Klingon in nature without the honor. One (a few) of our world leaders (hopefully for not much longer) is/are not making it much better
@Prince super Vegeta ,
From a certain point of view. I have a different point of view. Hope all is well with you.
@mycatsanahole, oh don’t get me wrong. I’m a firm believer that people, and humanity can change, but we need to grow as a race and start to care about others (as nations) without political or economic motives or agenda. Once we get there, well that’s 80% of the battle right there
i loved every second of reading this
Too much reading... What it read?
@seeUpee, approximately tree fiddy
@Jolee Bindo, I ain't giving you no treefiddy you goddam Loch Ness monster! Get your
own goddam money!
@seeUpee, essentially it’s describing an alien civilizations third person view over our history, mainly wars and every weapon and torture instrument. Then it goes into the realm of them being terrified at our nukes, learning that we developed space and eventually made contact with them. The first contact was awkward. Then the narrator sees a human ship landing on their colony planet infected with disease. That ship was a Red Cross ship. It was interesting.
@The Pun Shielder, dear lord please let this be the future..
@davionaceae, you want alien cultures to be unnecessarily scared of us?
@davionaceae, we're a scary species. The proving ourselves altruistic? That'd be wonderfull.
Where’s the funny?!?
Not even gonna try and read half a book in low res
@DrSin, try high res.
@CocoasBro, nah too lazy
@DrSin, its worth the read i think.
I’m not here to read
Made me cry
TS;ER. Too short! Enjoyed reading!
This was enthralling, I’d love a series on this premise
Earth is a M class planet.
if you get this, live long and prosper.
This better be worth me zooming in and reading it all...
How tf would they speak the same language? Dumb. This is just a 10 minute long cringe ad for Doctors Without Borders. Should have a sad Sarah Mcloughlin song playing in the background.
@weneedacrusade, Based off the fact that the human who spoke to the alien “spoke slowly and carefully” and with “halting, uncertain words”, we can assume that some of the visits where humans visited the alien systems and then left included surveillance or surveillance drones to intercept and learn the language
Boring. Not worth