“If the Perseverance rover finds evidence for microbes on Mars, our self-esteem will not be affected since it is obvious that we are more intelligent than they are,” wrote Harvard’s Avi Loeb in an email to The Daily Galaxy asking him for his thoughts about the impact of evidence of the existence of an advanced alien civilization. “But if the rover will bump into the wreckage of a spacecraft far more advanced than we ever produced, our ego will be challenged.”
“The illusion of superiority and unjustified hubris is deeply rooted in human nature. It led the Nazi regime during World War II to trigger the death of more than 70 million people or 3% of the world population in 1940, an order of magnitude more than the death toll caused so far by the COVID-19 virus. The miniscule genetic differences that motivated Nazism would appear laughable in the presence of a far more advanced civilization,” Loeb noted in his email.
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