Since scientists are people, it is not surprising that comparable pretensions have insinuated themselves into the scientific worldview. Indeed, many of the central debates in the history of science seem to be, in part at least, contests over whether Humans Are Special. Almost always, the going-in assumption is that we
are special. After the premise is closely examined, it turns out - in dishearteningly many cases - that we are not.
A hatch opened up and the aliens said,
"We're sorry to learn that you soon will be dead
But though you may find this slightly macabre,
We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job"
They're going to have such a surprise when Orostron reaches them—I expect it will be rather a blow to their pride. It's funny how all isolated races think they're the only people in the Universe. But they should be grateful to us; we're going to save them a good many hundred years of travel.
That's what they are: savages. Just plumbing on two legs.
("It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester")
Okay, fine. Let's all act like humans. Look at me. Boy, do I love sweating. Let's convert beef and leaves into energy and excrete them later and go shopping.
Swans eat, crap and have sex. What else is left?
All I wanted to do was to wipe that arrogant look off his face
, so in the heat of the moment I challenged him. Kasidy:
...I ended up in the Infirmary with a separated shoulder, two cracked ribs, and a very bruised ego. Kasidy: (cackling laugh)
Oh, Ben, I don't mean to laugh, but what did you expect? A Vulcan has three times the strength of a human! Sisko:
Phew, and they're faster too. But you're right. I got what I deserved. And if it had ended right there, it would have been fine, but it didn't! Solok took every opportunity
to remind me of the match! He used to point me out whenever I walked across the campus! In fact he wrote five psychology papers
about our match! I became the living embodiment
of why Vulcans were inherently superior to humans!
Obviously, people from other planets are going to have extra powers that Earth people don't have. Anybody who has ever watched television knows that.
— The Venusian Clarence Yojimbo
in Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars
by Daniel Pinkwater
Organic life is nothing but a genetic mutation, an accident
. Your lives are measured in years and decades. You wither and die. We are eternal, the pinnacle of evolution and existence. Before us, you are nothing.
(Pit asks how staff weapons work) Viridi:
All of your weapons have been imbued with the power of the gods. Pit:
So are humans able to use them? Viridi:
No, but they miss out on a lot of stuff. You know the saying about humans. Pit and Viridi:
Born crying, soon they're dying. Pit:
That's kind of mean, isn't it? Viridi:
Well, I've always liked the saying about the gods better. Pit and Viridi:
Powerful and frightening, spite everything with lightning
You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt thinking... what? That you might escape the coming fire? Your world will burn until its surface is but glass!
— Prophet of Truth
, Halo 3
Humans just live short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they’re part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world’s problems on a single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone’s control.