An otherworldly thought experiment.

May 24th, 2009 4:36 pm by Kelly Garbato

This first video clip isn’t really related to animal advocacy, but it’s a nice setup for today’s thought experiment (and also echoes some of the sentiments found in “They’re Made Out of Meat“).

On Wednesday’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen interviewed astronomer and alien “hunter” Seth Shostak. During the course of the conversation, the two discuss the likelihood that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe, speculate what form this life may take – and wonder whether these Others might be more evolved/advanced/sophisticated than humankind.
 

 
Which brings us to the aforementioned thought experiment: What if powerful aliens wanted to “serve man”?*
 


 
Via YouTube user BlackGuitar1313 (and discovered while searching for a full-length video of the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” natch.)

* I’d planned to include a transcript of the latter video, but alas, after two days spent cutting up carpet and cardboard, the fingers on my right hand are covered in blisters. As much as my failure to provide maximum website accessibility pains me, transcribing a 3 1/2 minute video in my current state would likely pain me more. Perhaps I’ll do so in the future and/or or upon request; if not, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Videos in this post:

The Colbert Report – Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – Seth Shostak
Seth Shostak believes that, unless Earth is a miracle, there is most likely life among the trillion planets. (06:02)

You Tube – BlackGuitar1313 – What If Powerful Aliens Wanted to “Serve Man”??
We are not alone in on this vast universe so how would we like it if one day these powerful Aliens came down to treat humans like we treat our animals for “necessities” and “sports”? How would hunters like to be the hunted? Or would humans like to be cut and burned up for “science”? How about being that “special” on the menu? Ya never know.

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