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Old 11-06-2017, 05:27 PM   #41
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I was meaning that an ultra tech but extinct alien species "nearby" is too unrealistic for me. Personal aesthetics, but adding superscience drives into THS causes a lower threshold for adding more implausibility to a setting, for me. YMMV.
An extinct stone age species could at least be interesting and cause for some funding aside from "just because" motivations.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:35 PM   #42
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Discovering any form of multicellular life would be plenty for massive scientific interest.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:36 PM   #43
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I was meaning that an ultra tech but extinct alien species "nearby" is too unrealistic for me.
What is unrealistic about it?
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:13 PM   #44
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The likelihood of alien species nearby and what level they are/were is off topic, I think.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:33 PM   #45
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Discovering any form of multicellular life would be plenty for massive scientific interest.
Sure, I was suggesting a scenario that would have more than just scientific interest.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:20 PM   #46
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There's no settlement colony in Antarctica now for a reason.
This gets cited over and over, and it's simply invalid. By that same logic, the British would never settle North America when France, Ireland, and Spain are so much closer and easier to reach. Many British did choose to go to Ireland rather than North America...yet the colonies were founded and grew into a nation.

Likewise, there were thinly settled areas of England and Scotland that could have been planted with 'colonies' more safely, easily, and cheaply than settling North America. Yet the North American colonies were founded and thrived.

Did it make sense to ship prisoners to Australia when you could imprison them, or shoot them, far more cheaply in England? No. Yet the prisoners were shipped.

Cultural and social expansion has its own logic, which is dependent upon but not controlled by economic logic.
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The highlands of Scotland are crap land, full of more advanced and technically Christian savages, and you can't grow tobacco there. There were economic motives for Virginia. Guys like Raleigh and Frobisher had every reason to think that it would make them personally wealthy.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:25 PM   #48
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There's no settlement colony in Antarctica now for a reason.
But that wouldn't always be the norm.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:53 PM   #49
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Sure, THS can radically change what humans are. Potentially to making such self-destructive non-profitable goals unlike anything any previous society has ever made.
(Don't bring up the pyramids. That had economics and obviously religious "profits".)
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:33 AM   #50
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Discovering any form of multicellular life would be plenty for massive scientific interest.
True. And in THS a different biology would mean the potential for vast profits if you make useful discoveries. Just having an alternate biochemistry to study could advance basic bio science a tech level. Plenty of reason to study alien life.
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