Fear of Humans

It’s only natural to assume aliens are bad guys.  When the Hykonians discovered Earth, they’d never encountered creatures so frightening as its ugly inhabitants.  Though the Earthlings were savages, their rapid advancement suggested intelligence equal to or greater than that of Hykonians.  Located within fifty light-years of the Hykonian home world, Earth posed a serious threat.

The Hykonian Technocracy, the council of scientists who ruled over all of Hykonian space, sent survey ship after survey ship to study Earth.  They watched from a safe distance, occasionally collecting specimens for closer examination, and observed both human violence and human compassion.  Their research reports warned that Earthlings were unpredictable.

But the most alarming news came when the Hykonians developed chronotheory, the science of time travel.  Hykonian chronotheorists found signals broadcast backwards through time by an organization called the Tomorrow News Network.  Through these broadcasts, they learned of the mighty Earth Empire, which would one day spread across the stars and wage war against the Hykonians for thousands of years.

Still, the Technocracy would not act.  According to the chronotheorists, any attempt to change the future might cause the very war they wanted to prevent.  So they continued to send survey ships and continued to study.  They watched the humans grow stronger and smarter until one day in the Earth year 1947 there was an accident.  A Hykonian survey ship crashed near a village called Roswell.

The events which followed, as depicted in “99 White Balloons,” would teach Earthlings to fear and distrust the Hykonians as much as the Hykonians feared and distrusted them.

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  1. Hi George, Whenever I visit your blog, I wonder why it took me so long, beascue you create great posts.What I particularly like in this one is your point on weblogs, as this for me has been a key point I try to stress about blogging. The critical aspect is that they are owned by the individual, and it is paradoxically this valuing of the individual that then releases the growth of the collective intelligence. Unfortuantely its so hard to communicate this, unless people blog they simply dont seem to follow the point. People dont seem to think its that big a difference between a discussion board and a set of blogs. But I think weblogs as you mentioned and Marc stated so well, are absolutely a critical element in releasing a new level of capability/performance in CoPs and CI. Wiki type tech’s definitely great for aggregation, but blogs are different and equally important, maybe more criticalAnd btw, Im really happy to see you linking CoPs and CI so well.Finally can I link to your blog from a new CoP on CI that I just created? Youre welcome to comment at the wiki page, part of a new KM community were putting together, but its very basic, and really aimed at drawing in people from the KM community who are only just thinking CoP, and where CI is reall going to blow there mind, so its a bit like a gentle front porch for them to begin to absorb, rather than the study where buisness and leading thinking occurs (analogy from Alexanders Pattern thinking approach to architectiture , the Intimacy gradient ) However having a leading thinker on CI such as your self have regular blogs posted, no extra effort on your behalf, would be great for such a membership.

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