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- Jan 5, 2001
- Way on Down South, London Town
It really depends how close the aliens are to us biologically. If they are very similar then I agree with @Parson The phrase necessity is the mother of invention is an apt one here. Our technology has all been developed as a result of competition and a dire need to survive (and here I'm speaking more generally to include the use of fire, the invention of the wheel, farming and domestication of animals.) If a species never had any competition or never felt under pressure then it would have no need to change, no need to develop new technology or to move away from its origin. Those aliens would remain at home singing peace songs and sharing love for each other, and never venture off world. We would still be apes living in the African Rift Valley.