So, you’re an alien approaching a new world. You want to gauge the friendliness (or otherwise) of the dominant species on that world. You take out your powerful telescope and zoom in on the planet to suss out, as a first indicator, how this dominant species treats the other life forms with which it shares its world.
By the way, it’s Earth you’re hovering above (you knew that already). How do you react, given the evidence in front of you? If you enjoy life, probably very hastily – backwards. (more…)