Greatest Scientific Discovery in History

from Earth Unaware (2012) by Orson Scott CardRating: 3.6     (16 ratings)

"We can't call them hormigas. That's Spanish for 'ant.' The scientific community would never approve of a living language classification. It needs to be the Latin. Formic. At least that's my professional recommendation."
Lem blinked. "Who the heck cares what we call them? I've just showed you an alien species, Benyawe. What difference does their name make?"
"All the difference in the world," said Benyawe. "This is the greatest scientific discovery in our history, Lem. This changes everything. This answers the most fundamental scientific question out there. Are we alone in the universe? The answer, obviously, is no, we are not. And further, we're not the most technologically advanced species, either, which will sting every human's pride, I suspect."

- Lem Jukes and Dr. Noloa Benyawe

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