Religion has worked wonders to keep the masses in order for thousands of years (until the advent of TV,and the press.
In my own line of work it's amazing how many disused, and derelict churches i come across across the uk. It amazes me that if this was a private sector business it would have gone out of business a long time ago, although its testament to how much money and power the church has, that they can take major hits in customer base, and losses of buildings, and just shrug it off as unimportant.
As for alien species, religion is such a powerful tool that i would be surprised if alien species had no religion, as in my own experience organic lifeforms (if they are advanced enough) tend to spend time wondering where they came from, and what is their purpose,
Hence the building blocks of religion.
On another note,although still on topic, i have my own ideas about the purpose of any alien species visiting earth, and why they may be here...
The only lifeform on our own planet capable of leaving it to any great degree, are humans.
Humans have complex brains, and complex brains need a lot of fuel to power them. Plants just don't cut it, high protein fast burn fuel is needed to power complex brains.
This is why herbivores don't build space shuttles
Therefore in order for a species to have brains complex enough to achieve space travel, they need to be carnivores
The only way that carnivores obtain protein based diets is to stay close to the meat.
When your protein runs out, you need to find more...
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