I don't know if I've ever knowingly replied to myself, Julian, but it's okay to just say :bump: if you want the thread to the top. As long as the Hitler threads are one here, I'm all for bumping anything.
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I just wanted to say, in defense of Star Trek, aka, my plans for Friday nights, to V Aaron's post about all the aliens in Star Trek looking human, and speaking English. Ok, well, I can't really explain the whole English speaking thing, except to say it's the best damn language in the universe (I know this because it's the only one I've bothered to learn, and I have never felt the need to learn another.) But, as to all the aliens looking human, this was explained in an episode of TNG. A super intelligent species that existed billions of years ago decided to populate the universe with their DNA so that their intelligence would never die from the universe. And, as to cultural contamination, I don't think it's possible to stop. It's a fact of life. You can't touch something and not change it. And, it also begs the question of how much control you have over a situation where you are a member of a superior civilization who comes into contact with a more "savage" one. There could be a butterfly effect, where you only thought you were showing them a cool trick. I think it'll probably remain a moral conundrum, though, just like plenty of other things. Good intentions breeding bad inventions and all.