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Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer
Telegraph (UK) ^ | 24 Jan 2010

Posted on 01/24/2010 4:40:53 PM PST by Mount Athos

Mr Marek Kukula, public astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich warned: "We might like to assume that if there is intelligent life out there it is wise and benevolent, but of course we have no evidence for this.

"Given the consequences of contact may not be what we initially hoped for, then we need governments and the UN to get involved in any discussions," he told The Sunday Times.

This week a two-day conference is being held at the Royal Society in London, titled, 'The detection of extraterrestrial life and the consequences for science and society.'

There is also an astrobiology conference in Texas in April at which new methods of detecting aliens will be discussed.

Douglas Vakoch, director of interstellar message composition at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California, told the paper: "My personal view is that being more active is a worthy strategy. There is more serious talk of it, though not at the institute level."

Professor Simon Conway Morris, a Cambridge University evolutionary biologist, will be talking at the Royal Society on 'Predicting what extraterrestrial life will be like – and preparing for the worst."

He thought that, given that the principles of Darwinian evolution should be universal, it was "inevitable" that intelligent life would have developed elsewhere in the universe given the right environmental conditions.

"If that is correct – and it applied to manipulative skill – then that suggests there should be alien technologies," he said.

Some scientists are puzzled as to why no messages have been sent back even though humans have been transmitting radio and television signals for the last century.

Prof Conway Morris reasoned that if he were in their shoes "I'm not sure I'd answer the telephone."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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They eat us like we eat chicken!
1 posted on 01/24/2010 4:40:54 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

To Serve Man...


2 posted on 01/24/2010 4:42:01 PM PST by Crim
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To: Mount Athos
Gee. Who knew?

This guy has obviously spent plenty of time watching movies.

3 posted on 01/24/2010 4:42:22 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Mount Athos

It’s so improbable that it’s pointless to bring up.


4 posted on 01/24/2010 4:42:27 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Mount Athos

Thats just it. They might treat us like we treat ants, with chemical warfare. Or like we treat Chickens.


5 posted on 01/24/2010 4:43:03 PM PST by omega4179 ( No real conservative would ever endorse McCain for the Senate.)
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To: Mount Athos

“Some scientists are puzzled as to why no messages have been sent back even though humans have been transmitting radio and television signals for the last century.”

Don’t radio waves eventually fizzle out over time? I once heard that radio waves wouldn’t even reach Alpha Centari.


6 posted on 01/24/2010 4:43:21 PM PST by Jeb21 (www.jewsagainstobama.com)
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To: Mount Athos

Aliens might not be friendly.


No $h!+.


7 posted on 01/24/2010 4:44:32 PM PST by racing fan
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ping later


8 posted on 01/24/2010 4:44:51 PM PST by GQuagmire ( We are no longer Massholes)
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To: Mount Athos
Gotta have faith!!

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9 posted on 01/24/2010 4:45:36 PM PST by Delta 21 (If you cant tell if I'm being sarcastic...maybe I'm not.)
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To: Mount Athos
We may have already heard from them:

WOW! Signal

10 posted on 01/24/2010 4:45:53 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer

What does an astronomer know about friendly aliens?

Does he reside in Arizona?

11 posted on 01/24/2010 4:46:11 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Mount Athos

There should be some thought given to the problem of first-time alien contact. If they are significantly more advanced than us, most likely they would exploit us in some way. If we are much more advanced that them, they may be treated as the American indians were treated.


12 posted on 01/24/2010 4:47:22 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Mount Athos
"Aliens might not be friendly"

Hell, I'm not friendly.


13 posted on 01/24/2010 4:47:42 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Mount Athos
If that is correct – and it applied to manipulative skill – then that suggests there should be alien technologies," he said.

Its not debatable, there are alien civilizations.

Probably not going to be confirmed for a couple of hundred thousand years though.

14 posted on 01/24/2010 4:48:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Mount Athos

Yeah well they better not show up when I’m having a bad day.


15 posted on 01/24/2010 4:48:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Delta 21

i love that comic


16 posted on 01/24/2010 4:48:34 PM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Crim

All I need is air that I can breathe. Water I can drink. And life I can eat.


17 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Mount Athos
"Given the consequences of contact may not be what we initially hoped for, then we need governments and the UN to get involved in any discussions,"

Hahahahaa ... government and the UN are the LAST things we need if in contact with any extraterrestrial beings!

18 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:09 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mount Athos

Just wait ‘til algore reads about this!


19 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:14 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
If we are much more advanced that them, they may be treated as the American indians were treated.

I doubt it. Look for a Star Trek "prime directive" to be in place by the time we're able to encounter inferior (technological) societies.

20 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:16 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Mount Athos
He might be right.



21 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:18 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.ical)
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To: Mount Athos

"Oh, yeah? Up yours."

22 posted on 01/24/2010 4:50:28 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: Mount Athos
Ack...Ack...Aaaaackkk...Ack...Ack...

Get those Slim Whitman Records ready....
23 posted on 01/24/2010 4:51:39 PM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer

Let me guess: they've already discovered intelligent alien life and they are conservative....

24 posted on 01/24/2010 4:52:26 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Jeb21

I guess it depends upon how much natural radio noise will drown out “I Love Lucy” broadcasts from the biggest possible broadcaster for all occupied regions of space within a 60-70 ly radius. Given that the current count of potentially intelligent alien lifeforms out there is zip, asteroid collisions, nearby supernovas, and global warming is more worth worrying about. Not that I think any of that crap is worth worrying about.


25 posted on 01/24/2010 4:53:43 PM PST by dr_who
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To: eyedigress

BUWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


26 posted on 01/24/2010 4:54:51 PM PST by Crim
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To: Mount Athos
"Given the consequences of contact may not be what we initially hoped for, then we need governments and the UN to get involved in any discussions."

We're doomed.

27 posted on 01/24/2010 4:55:06 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Mount Athos
"May" not be friendly? Who knew?


28 posted on 01/24/2010 4:56:20 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: KevinDavis

bump


29 posted on 01/24/2010 4:58:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Mount Athos

Govt? UN? To get involved?

Get serious. If “they” have interstellar travel, we need intellilgent people to deal with them.

Ain’t none O’those in govt or the UN.

Get serious!


30 posted on 01/24/2010 4:58:05 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Mount Athos

Well heck... If they are so advanced that they are space travelers, we don’t have a chance anyway. Just have to hope they are veggies...


31 posted on 01/24/2010 4:59:26 PM PST by Deagle
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To: I see my hands

ROFLMAO


32 posted on 01/24/2010 4:59:39 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: Mount Athos

We will have to figure out their intentions when we meet any aliens. There are more then enough unfriendly humans to worry about currently.


33 posted on 01/24/2010 4:59:51 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Mount Athos

Until we learn to communicate with honey bees and ants and termites, we need not worry about communicating with ET


34 posted on 01/24/2010 5:00:07 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: Mount Athos

I have NEVER thought they would be friendly!


35 posted on 01/24/2010 5:01:36 PM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming: The Greatest Hoax Since Y2K! Follow the money Coldest winter in 100 years.)
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To: Mount Athos

What do Fran and Ollie think?


36 posted on 01/24/2010 5:02:12 PM PST by jack308
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To: Mount Athos

"Did you guys ever WATCH the show?"

37 posted on 01/24/2010 5:03:24 PM PST by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: omega4179

Difference being that chickens do not have nukes.


38 posted on 01/24/2010 5:06:17 PM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Mount Athos

I bet John McCain votes to make them citizens anyway.


39 posted on 01/24/2010 5:06:37 PM PST by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Mount Athos

Predator.


40 posted on 01/24/2010 5:06:37 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: Mount Athos; Lazamataz

Friendly all depends on whether our local welcome wagon would “hit it”.


41 posted on 01/24/2010 5:06:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Mount Athos

The REAL question is if they have enough carbon credits to operate their warp drive.


42 posted on 01/24/2010 5:07:58 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: I see my hands
lol. I have a running bet with my buddies as to who shoots the first Bigfoot and who bags the first ET. $5,000 in the kitty.
43 posted on 01/24/2010 5:08:10 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (usff.com)
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To: Mount Athos

44 posted on 01/24/2010 5:08:12 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Jeb21
No, they don't fizzle out.

On the other hand intergalactic communications are probably conducted through control of "entanglement". Lot less noise that way, and it's FASTER!

45 posted on 01/24/2010 5:10:05 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: eyedigress

Excellent caption in reverse!


46 posted on 01/24/2010 5:11:34 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Jeb21
Don’t radio waves eventually fizzle out over time?

No.

47 posted on 01/24/2010 5:12:35 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Mount Athos

If they’ve been sitting out there watching the Jerry Springer Show we’re in trouble!


48 posted on 01/24/2010 5:12:44 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Mount Athos

Are you saying they might be (gasp) Liberals?


49 posted on 01/24/2010 5:13:14 PM PST by gitmo (FR vs DU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: Mount Athos
District 9
50 posted on 01/24/2010 5:14:00 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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