Thank you for the kind response. I’ll be the first to admit that you’re a lot more qualified than I am on such questions, but I would have to reply that given that if it is even remotely possible that the existence of humanity is at stake, and that we do not and cannot know the psychological bent and philosophical ethos of an alien civilization before interacting with that civilization, we cannot and must not ignore the ramifications of Dark Forest theory.

The only other possible solution I can think of is that if we can reliably conduct surveillance without being detected, perhaps we can forestall the need for such conflict. That being said, because of the possibility that other species may well subscribe to their own version of Dark Forest theory, it behooves humanity to be militarily very well-prepared.

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