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  1. In response to the science argument in this thread – argument which began with this post JBO said: No: it is the only scientifical way we have to seriously conceive life in the universe. But anthropocentrism is the only serious way to conceive the world which surrounds us, simply because we don't know any others. You can of course let your imagination run, but it will only be your imagination and despite thinking in the most logical and reasonnable way it will still remain your imagination... Yet, they failed to take the dominant place on our planet, because their limbs are too weak to carve stones into flints, and they can't forge metal because water extinguishes fire; and I didn't evoke their lack of sociability: they don't live in groups like cetaceans do, and they can't profit of the teachings of the ones of their kind. Even on a planet without emerged lands, where primates couldn't exist and therefore couldn't evolve into the dominant specie, we can't say for sure octopi and cuttlefish would become the rulers of such a world – if such world can exist, because we don't know anything on this point either.
  2. Hasn't this been posted already, or is it a new trailer? A bit lazy to compare this one to the previous one to be sure...
  3. I know that. Actually they talked about the life forms in the arsenic in the science magazine I subscribed to some time ago. But they still don't know if these bacterias appeared there spontaneously or if they progessively adapted from another, more clement environment. Same remark for the other examples you mentionned. But we all know that dolphins are intelligent, and we know this since a while. Actually, this has nothing to do with their current environment because they are descendants of dogs which came back to the water millions of years ago – first rivers, then oceans. The case of elephants is different, but they didn't become the dominant life forms on our world either, and you know why? Because they lack hands... See, one of our ancestors, homo habilis, wasn't particularly smart but it was enough in order to give particular shapes to common natural items – such as simple stones that he carved into flints. Through millions of years, because he trained his brain throughout such exercices this organ became progressively more complex. It is not enough to explain the superior intelligence of mankind but it remains one of the most decisive factor: "do-it-yourelf" The flaw of your reasonning is in the very two first words of the very last sentence: you find this is an intolerable idea – like one century ago christians found Darwin theories were a crime. But opinions are not facts. Ah, the vastnes of the universe... Thousands of scifi writers found in it countless pretexts for giving us complete bullsh!t to read or watch, and it became one of the reasons why science-fiction is not taken seriously by the scientist community – even if a lot of writers of this genre are scientists themselves. But scientists still have to understand that the interest of science-fiction is not in exploring strange new worlds, and all the more as these most often are not even as strange and as new as one may think, but in exploring the various possibles that science and technology offer to us: how they can change our world like all sciences and technologies have always changed it since the beginning of times when we carved the first already abovementioned flints – and what will be the place of mankind in this everchanging environment. That's the difference between science-fiction and mainstream litterature, you know: science-fiction is not sclerosed and it can play with new ideas because science always make new discoveries whith each of them being the possibility of a new world... And that's also why Transformers is sh!tty science-fiction while I'm at it, from G1 to the Bayformers. See? You came to it yourself!
  4. It is worth it, yes Be aware that the TV series differs considerably than the pair of movies, though: I assume you watched these because AFAIK they're the only ones released as Laser Disks soemthing like 12 or 15 years ago...
  5. Wow, a few days only after a motherboard crash and I get entire novels/essays: I should post more often Like I said in my very first post on this subject, the reasonning I exposed concerns intelligent beings and not insects, all the more as these ones don't even have brains to begin with – yeah, I know they have several tiny brains all along their body, but that's precisely because none of them can work as a brain: they're more like neural nodes or something like that... Also, it makes sense that I was just talking: we're not in a trial and I don't have to prove anything I say; you can, on the other hand, disbelieve me, of course, but having fun of me wasn't welcome, for obvious reasons, especially when I was trying to get over an argument as sophisticated as "oh my god, the Bayformers look like sh!t, I take G1 everyday!" VS "oh my god, G1 designs suck so much, I prefer Bayformers by far!" – because, frankly, it is more or less the summary of this topic so far... But if you're really interested into my sources, jwasko, and if you understand french, I can give a try to looking back for them. I didn't bother to cite them at the beginning because I simply thought that there wouldn't be as much as a ruckuss and that most people here couldn't understand this language anyway; if this becomes a subject of forumic sanity, though, I can give my best at doing some efforts but I don't promise anything... That, and... ... That sum it up basically. If we admit that life cannot appear on worlds whose conditions are too much different than Earth, and if we consider the laws of evolution as universal, then because the same causes give the same consequences it makes perfect sense that an alien life form would be pretty similar to us – not identical, but with an overall comparable shape. Of course, we can still imagine worlds with different conditions but we don't know any of them with life forms therefore we can't say for sure that life forms can appear on them, or we'll "get mixed up between science, science-fiction and science-fantasy" like a very enlighted member here said... And because the same guy also evoked the flatness of the Earth, it may be welcome to keep in mind that a few centuries ago all scientists in the world were convinced of that. But time has passed and things have changed...
  6. No. This vessel was unique and its cargo the only specimens of a genetically engineered specie: once both gone there can be no more aliens. My friend with the small size and the green skin told me this from his UFO last night, and I believe him...
  7. Like I said in my previous post, it is a scientifically established theory, and what you think about it doesn't really interest me actually: between recognized experts and a big mouth on a forum, the choice is quickly done, you know, at least for the ones of us who can use their brain. You should have shut your mouth, then: this would have spared you the apologies...
  8. This game looks like it is interesting, yes; Elizabeth seems to be an unusual character, and judging by the latest info I read onto her, the flying BigDaddy thing is related to her into a somewhat perverted way... The flying city setting is inspiring too: for some reason, it reminds me of the Winsor McCay's Mars in his Little Nemo in Slumberland.
  9. And that's precisely what happened at the end of Aliens: all of them erased from existence because of a nuke blast – end of story: no 3, no 4, no AvP and no need for a prequel: I told you!
  10. Grenadier is indeed a good show. I'd like to see it in its entirety: a group began to sub it but dropped it after two or three eps only – a bit short to judge the real values of the show...
  11. Actually, if you take into account some recent scientific theories about alien life, it makes a lot of sense to get vaguely humanoid shapes, at least for intelligent being. It is all related to the brain in fact. Because the brain cannot control efficiently a lot of limbs, their number is restricted to four, then that's two to walk/run and two to manipulate things with the hands that finish them and which are simply evolved feet. Because the brain cannot work properly if it is at the same temperature than the body, it needs to be stored in a sort of limb which has to be outside of the body (ie the head). The number of eyes is related to the mass of data the brain can compute: two being the minimum required to have a feel of depth, it is enough; same thing for the ears: you can't locate the source of a noise (ie a prey or a danger) if you have only one. As for the placement of nose and mouth, the first is placed above the second because otherwise the ancestors without hands would have had some difficulties to eat. So, yeah, in the end, aliens should look like us, at least in the overal shape. But, of course, I don't think the guys from ILM took any of this into account when designing the Bayformers...
  12. Why not VS Transformers instead?!? Like this will get the concept for TF4 in the same time!
  13. I refered to this interview. He used the word hope while talking about the bright colors of the 1/1 scale Gundam statue, not the newtypes – this was in another paragraph of his reply... Though you may be right: this guy talks in a rather cryptic way somtimes (unless it's a question of translation in the present case...) and I may need to reread this interview more carefully.
  14. For Chromia and Elita, yes, and this made me sad because I love them, but Arcee, no... When was that? The psychanalysis session is doing fine, isn't it? Did they do the same with the Arcee's sisters?!? Because the only ones I could find sucked so bad that it looked like a rape to me... One of them even has nothing to do with the original (movie 2) design Seriously, I found the Arcee sisters really great looking design wise, as well as a smart and rather novative take with their sort of mono-wheel concept: this makes them so quick and agile, but also gracious in the same time... I'm in love, I tell you!
  15. Then, next step is Alien vs. Starship Troopers! Oh, well, it has been done already, it's called Aliens... But what if the marines get power armors?!?
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