What is the most plausible alien movie?

Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2010 02:38 pm
lovejoy wrote:

Since we have nothing to gauge what alien life may be like it's difficult to say, I'd go for Alien or The Thing.

Both good choices. I considered them as well.

Even though we have nothing to gauge what alien life may be like, I think we can pretty much rule out most aliens that are too "human" in design. Vulcans for example are an extremely unlikely candidates for "plausible" aliens.
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High Seas
Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2010 02:58 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

rosborne979 wrote:
My choice would be The Andromeda Strain (1971).
As Crichton says in the book, we tend to anthropomorphize our aliens and make them bipeds, intelligent, etc even though statistically a less complex organism is more likely....

There can be no calculation of probability in the complete absence of data - but since we're speculating here, it seems to me that "aliens" if they exist would be far more complex entities than self-replicating crystals. "Contact" a book by Carl Sagan has a more plausible alien communications scenario: they're using radio signals with a mathematical sequence hidden deep into the digits of pi.

The sequence of events from sub-cellular life in the primeval ooze 4.5 billion years ago to us is so statistically implausible that I also don't see how aliens would end up being carbon-and-water based, let alone looking even remotely like us. Right here on earth, dolphins and whales have brains with more pre-frontal lobes than we do - and if intelligence increases with brain complexity that may make them more intelligent than us. Since we seem incapable of appreciating them I wonder how we'll spot any intelligent aliens we trip over unless they have the courtesy of introducing themselves.
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