|I think if my philosophy book was based around the premise of explaining concepts to socially-inept Martians, I wouldn't have dropped the course so quickly.
As it stands, this piece kept me interested throughout, and I feel as though I learned something-- other than the fact that the words "rectal probing" are permanently comedy gold. The idea of a casual, public meeting with aliens is a novel one, and their personalities were... I guess "endearing" is the right word for it? Loved the imagery, too.
If you're looking for suggestions, here are mine:
1. While this starts off funny, it makes a detour into textbook land midway through and I felt like I was being lectured. Granted, philosophy is the theme of this piece and condensing the study is virtually impossible, but I felt the information overload cheated me out of laughs.
2. I like how the aliens keep oogling the women-- it gives them personality-- but what does that have to do with the word "know"? I was waiting for the purpose of this trait to link up with the story's philosophical theme at the end in some punch-line kind of twist, but it fizzled off into the ozone with their spaceship, and seems more like an out-of-place gag.
All in all, it was a fun read. Thanks!