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Who would you name as the person to represent humanity?

Asked by 6rant6 (13692points) November 3rd, 2011

Imagine that an alien race has arrived at Earth and is weighing whether to exterminate human kind or befriend us. Suppose they ask for a short list of human beings whose lives will be examined in detail to see if our species can be elevated to a place where we should join the galactic party. These nominees will be people who have achieved significant things, but consciously avoiding doing harm as well. Whose name do you want included on their list?

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Blackberry's avatar

Noam Chomsky.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Me. What? :P

XOIIO's avatar

The Doctor, and Jack Harkness.

jrpowell's avatar

Morgan Freeman could save all of us!

zensky's avatar

Jesus. Or Ben Stiller.

King_Pariah's avatar

To be honest, I think a child molester would give them a pretty accurate portrayal of human nature. Seems nice with giving out candy, but truthfully is a hideous monster.

Cruiser's avatar

Chuck Norris! We will be saved!

flutherother's avatar

Benjamin Netanyahu

poisonedantidote's avatar

That depends if I decided to trick them in to thinking we are worth keeping or not. If I wanted them to think we are good people I would point them to Sam Harris.

ucme's avatar

Mickey Rooney, the little guy who just refuses to die.
I’d put Tintin in as an able replacement should Rooney keel over in all the excitement.

zensky's avatar

Mahmud Achmendinalinglong.

Coloma's avatar

The Dalai Lama

Ron_C's avatar

I’ll second blackberry’s Noam Chomsky. There are very few rational and intelligent people that have a public image. He’s a linguist and a philosopher, what better representative to meet a new race?

tinyfaery's avatar

Lady Gaga

She an artist, a visionary, socially conscious and has a great set of pipes.

zensky's avatar

Chomsky is also a piece of shit.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

MLK Jr
Carl Sagan
Marquis De Sade

Mantralantis's avatar

I’m not sure, I’ll have to really think about that. Someone who definetly has a great sense of humor for one thing! By the way, how on God’s green Earth, and in the details, can a dead notable person be an example! Good grief.

cazzie's avatar

Another vote for Chomsky. @zensky , didn’t you like ‘The Fateful Triangle’?... yeah, of course you don’t like him.)

@Blackberry Chomsky is outspoken against Israel….

Christian95's avatar

Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins

deni's avatar

John Muir

Mantralantis's avatar

The highest successfully-rated, and living, police-hostage negotiater?

RareDenver's avatar

Michael Jacksons Doctor

Hibernate's avatar

Louis Farrakhan

or

Bob Marley

Mantralantis's avatar

I’m dropping this question.

6rant6's avatar

Hm. Well, I was thinking a living person, but some of these dead guys would look pretty good on paper. Although I think another species might interpret our lack of living good people to be a strike against us.

Chomsky is intelligent, speaks out against war, seemed to have the pairing thing down (married for 59 years), changes his mind on occasion, sees both the promise and the disappointment of what we do. So I think that’s a good one.

Pretty sparse representation of women. 2 including Gaga. Whatever she does well, I can’t see that her life is a message to others that we are a good species. Only that some of us can do whatever we want and get away with it.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Mister Rogers

Pheasant's avatar

A married father of four under 17 who works at a beverage distributor in Dayton, OH. I believe his name is “Joe Average”.

ETpro's avatar

Another vote for Noam Chomsky.

cazzie's avatar

Actually. Stephen Fry is a much better idea. I suggest the entire remaining troupe from Flying Circus.

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WMFlight's avatar

Eddie Izzard

NomoreY_A's avatar

Nelson Mandela. If he were alive.

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