Skip to comments.Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer
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."
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To Serve Man...
This guy has obviously spent plenty of time watching movies.
It’s so improbable that it’s pointless to bring up.
Thats just it. They might treat us like we treat ants, with chemical warfare. Or like we treat Chickens.
“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.
Aliens might not be friendly.
What does an astronomer know about friendly aliens?
Does he reside in Arizona?
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.
Its not debatable, there are alien civilizations.
Probably not going to be confirmed for a couple of hundred thousand years though.
Yeah well they better not show up when I’m having a bad day.
i love that comic
All I need is air that I can breathe. Water I can drink. And life I can eat.
Hahahahaa ... government and the UN are the LAST things we need if in contact with any extraterrestrial beings!
Just wait ‘til algore reads about this!
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.
"Oh, yeah? Up yours."
Let me guess: they've already discovered intelligent alien life and they are conservative....
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.
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.
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...
We will have to figure out their intentions when we meet any aliens. There are more then enough unfriendly humans to worry about currently.
Until we learn to communicate with honey bees and ants and termites, we need not worry about communicating with ET
I have NEVER thought they would be friendly!
What do Fran and Ollie think?
"Did you guys ever WATCH the show?"
Difference being that chickens do not have nukes.
I bet John McCain votes to make them citizens anyway.
Friendly all depends on whether our local welcome wagon would “hit it”.
The REAL question is if they have enough carbon credits to operate their warp drive.
On the other hand intergalactic communications are probably conducted through control of "entanglement". Lot less noise that way, and it's FASTER!
Excellent caption in reverse!
If they’ve been sitting out there watching the Jerry Springer Show we’re in trouble!
Are you saying they might be (gasp) Liberals?
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