There Are No Extraterrestrial Peacocks

Why humanoid aliens are pure fantasy

Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy — a human with minimal modifications to make her look ‘alien’
Jadzia Dax from “Star Trek: Deep Space 9”
Christopher Johnson from “District 9”
Abbott and Costello from “Arrival”

Science-Fiction loves Humanoid Aliens

Convergent Evolution, Hybridisation, and Panspermia

Convergent evolution and vaguely similar shapes (openlearn.open.ac.uk)
Aliens will have very different biochemistries and developmental systems. Hybrids are not possible (X-Files)
Directed panspermia cannot ‘make’ humans (Prometheus)

Universals and Parochials

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Sexual Selection

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Argument from statistics

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Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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