But, if it's possible to sense the mental states of sentient species, from the other side of space, then sensing the same should surely be possible for humans, too. Thus, the (human) "RV community" could be told to try to sense these mental states, of said sentient species, assuming some survived The Predator's telepathic attacks. But what should the aspire to sense ?
This hypothesis assumes that the sentient species humans "should" be seeing (a la Fermi's Paradox) have already been successfully sabotaged (which is why they aren't already here). So, the search should seek some such once-sentient species, which was sufficiently smart to trip the trigger of The Predator, and whose civilization was successfully sabotaged (Life After People, Aftermath: Population Zero), but who survived the same in some reduced degree (Mad Max, Terminator) — and which was "relegated to the automated psychotronics stations" (speaking solely loosely, in some stream-of-consciousness sense).
Such once-sentient species would have been successfully sabotaged, in the past, yet at present be pacified & pose no further risk to The Predator. Thus, "the fight would have been beaten out of them". Drawing, then, a quick comparison between (say) Chimpanzees & Bonobos, searchers should seek to sense "immature & childish but happy" (having been hamstrung, and retarded, back into a less developed level (hence, "childish, immature") whilst no longer attempting to 'push the envelope' in opposition to the imposition of The Predator's "glass ceiling" (hence, "happy")). Something in some sense like a Bonzai Tree, having been pruned back so many times, that it no longer tries to grow.
In particular, anger & frustration should not be sought, since anger & frustration only arise when The Predator's "glass ceiling" is less than the sentient species' present potential, so that said sentient species rails in resistance. But, assuming that this "railing in resistance" phase is fairly brief — being but ~6 kyr in humans (dawn of human civilization to Global Warming climatic collapse), before the fight is finally beaten out of them, then all those "railings of resistance" would be but long-faded memories, at the present period. The only relic remnant of that population permitted to persist, would be those whose temperments were totally tamed. So, said search should seek to sense "happiness in slavery [sic]" or "immature & childish but happy", something loosely along those lines. According to the afore-cited Chimpanzees & Bonobos study, these are associated w/ overly friendly gregariousness to the degree of gullibility, so some sort of "gullible gregariousness" could conceivably reveal the ravages of The Predator. But, anger & aggression should surely be absent*.
* We're presuming that The Predator "possesses", perhaps Telepathically, the targeted sentient species (or, conceivably, a quorum of the same, sufficient for sabotaging the species). But, by an analogy & comparison to cases of individual "demonic possession", perhaps a "possessed" species, when sensed, would evidence only the The Predator. To wit, "when a person is possessed, is it their mind, or the Possessor, whose consciousness is sensed ?" Is it, then, the same for the species ??
Edited by Widdekind, 01 February 2010 - 02:01 PM.