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How would mankind react to finding aliens ?


Posted on Saturday, 17 February, 2018 | Comment icon 75 comments

How would we react to conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
Researchers believe that humanity would be more likely to welcome than fear the discovery of alien life.
Visitation by extraterrestrials is a scenario that has played out time and again in books and movies, often resulting in the fictionalized human race fearing for its very survival.

In reality however, it is very difficult to judge just how our society would react if confronted with conclusive evidence that we are not alone in the universe.

In a recent study, researchers analyzed the responses of 500 participants who were shown a hypothetical article announcing the discovery of microbial alien life.

The responses themselves were typically far more positive than negative, however the participants, when asked how they thought others would react, seemed a lot less optimistic.

Nonetheless, the results suggested that society as a whole may take such an event rather well.

"It's encouraging that this study has found people are likely to be enthusiastic about the discovery of microbial life beyond the earth," said astrobiologist Prof Lewis Dartnell.

"We're unlikely to ever encounter intelligent, space-faring aliens in our galaxy, but there are a number of upcoming missions that could detect signs of Martian bacteria."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (75)

Tags: Alien, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #66 Posted by joc on 22 February, 2018, 4:25
What does playing the guitar have to do with understanding reality?
Comment icon #67 Posted by Dejarma on 22 February, 2018, 4:27
oh ok then
Comment icon #68 Posted by Truthseeker007 on 22 February, 2018, 4:28
If you don't know then you are not playing it right are you?
Comment icon #69 Posted by joc on 22 February, 2018, 4:29
Sorry dude...you lost me...lol.
Comment icon #70 Posted by joc on 22 February, 2018, 4:30
We have only been searching the cosmos for signs of life for...how long...? A long damn time. We have sent probes, we have antennas that listen to everything....so far....crickets.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Truthseeker007 on 22 February, 2018, 4:31
Well where are the Aliens? In the guitar!
Comment icon #72 Posted by Rlyeh on 22 February, 2018, 4:36
Ripping off science fiction doesn't make him any more credible. It would seem you're into anything as a long as you don't have to research it.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Truthseeker007 on 22 February, 2018, 4:37
Isn't science fiction what is happening now?
Comment icon #74 Posted by Truthseeker007 on 22 February, 2018, 4:42
Isnt't Science fiction created to think that real life is fake?
Comment icon #75 Posted by Saru on 22 February, 2018, 10:44
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