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Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 576

If the objective is to obliterate us, they don't even need to invade. A relativistic warhead fired from another star system would do the trick. Any invasion scenario implies that they would at least want to keep the biosphere in a habitable condition. Which presents some opportunity for guerrilla tactics.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

The technology needed for space travel would not be the same for all worlds and all species. Imagine a species that evolved on a Titan-like moon. Low gravity means that they could put large payloads into orbit with less energy. If they had a longer lifespan than humans or a natural means of suspended animation, then interstellar distances are not so insurmountable.

In fact, a race of space-faring tardigrades from a low-gravity moon sounds like a good start for a novel.

Comment: Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (Score 1) 755

by WrongMonkey (#48708155) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God
The God in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, is a physical being that is physically seen by the people like Moses. He communicates with people and performs miracles to prove his existence and power. Strangely, he is not omniscient and not all powerful. There are several times when God is tricked, negotiated with, shown to have incomplete knowledge or had his power overcome. The Bible is also clear that other gods exist and they do have power, but God of Abraham is simply the most powerful.

The Bible is kind of a crazy book that has very little to do with what's taught modern Churches. You really should read it some time.

Comment: Re:What Will They Do... (Score 3, Insightful) 327

by WrongMonkey (#48707299) Attached to: The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'
Your statement just is empirically incorrect. The 20th century was the largest increase in human population AND the greatest increase in overall standard of living. We might someday reach the point where exhausting resources starts to diminish standard of living, but it hasn't happened yet.

Comment: Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (Score 1) 755

by WrongMonkey (#48705333) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God
Your hypothetical higher being is interesting, but completely different than the "God" described in the Bible and most other religious works. That's half the problem with these arguments: as soon as science reaches a point where it really can disprove "God", the believers change their definition to something more obscure and intangible. You are now describing something so abstract that its completely meaningless either way.

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin