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UK SETI launches largest alien contact survey

Posted on Monday, 1 July, 2019 | Comment icon 56 comments

How would you react in the event of alien contact ? Image Credit: CC0 Pixabay
Researchers want to ascertain the public's views on how humanity should respond to first contact with aliens.
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

But what would happen if we did happen to detect a signal from an intelligent alien civilization ?

This week the UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN) is launching what is being billed as the largest ever survey of the general public's attitude towards contact with intelligent alien life.

"There is absolutely no procedure enshrined in international law on how to respond to a signal from an alien civilization," said astronomer Martin Dominik. "We want to hear people's views."

"The consequences affect more people than just scientists."

Even if we did happen to intercept an alien signal however, would we be able to understand it ?

"We can't rely on there being a Rosetta stone, or some great decipherment crib, in the signal," said Dr John Elliott. "It will take time to understand and if that work starts to drag out and there is nothing new we can say, the information vacuum will be filled with speculation."

"Conjecture and rumour will take over."

Suffice to say, in such a scenario, determining truth from speculation may prove a challenge.

You can view and respond to the UK Seti Research Network survey - here.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (56)

Tags: Extraterrestrial

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Comment icon #47 Posted by Desertrat56 on 7 July, 2019, 17:01
In my opinion the "aliens from outerspace" are what is mainstream and what people think about, not many even think about the non-physical possibilities.  We could add that as a question, though and I would expect some would choose those "extra dimensional sentient beings exist", "extra-dimensional sentinent beings visit earth" & "there are no other dimensions" but I think that would have to be a separate section from the first set of questions unless we add "both extra-dimensional sentient beings and non-earth sentient beings exist"....  then there would be 11 questions (we don't need 3 ve... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Desertrat56 on 7 July, 2019, 17:15
This topic made me think of the VLA in Socorro, about 2 hours from where I live and I decided to go visit.  They have a first saturday tour all summer so I went with my daughter and two cousins.  They went just to have something to do, I am the one who loves science stuff.  The one thing that I misunderstood about that set of arrays is what they are doing.  I had it confused with the arrays in Acericibo Puerto Rico mainly because of two movies, Contact and The Arrival that were partly filmed at the Socorro array.  This array along with one in Chile and one that is stretched across 5,351 miles ... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by the13bats on 7 July, 2019, 17:44
i knew what most think of as "aliens" but couldnt resist, didnt they close some observatory last year and some said it was because they saw aliens?
Comment icon #50 Posted by Desertrat56 on 7 July, 2019, 18:15
That was the Sunspot Observatory.  It was closed because a janitor was caught downloading porn on a government computer.  They had to shut the observatory down in order to investigate because government equipment was involved and it was not clear at first who the culprit was or if it was linked to anything else nefarious. The stories about aliens were made up.
Comment icon #51 Posted by the13bats on 7 July, 2019, 19:18
so its in that area of national security, makes sense. i kind of doubted aliens since thats not the only Observatory,  
Comment icon #52 Posted by Hazzard on 8 July, 2019, 18:19
I talked to our good friend MID about this many years ago and here is what he had to say about it...   Quite frankly, if I was on the team that actually discovered real evidence of alien life, or perhaps actually received intelligent signals that could only be from extra-terrestrial life, I would be inclined to keep it an absolute secret, and attempt to communicate with them. My God, I cannot imagine releasing that information and having hordes of crazy's infiltrating my facility...religious zealots claiming the end of the world, having apocalypse cook-outs outside the facilities, press vans e... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by Desertrat56 on 8 July, 2019, 18:51
Who is MID?
Comment icon #54 Posted by the13bats on 8 July, 2019, 21:21
cool, keep aliens confined to one small biased group and that groups agendas,  
Comment icon #55 Posted by ChrLzs on 8 July, 2019, 23:42
MID was an active member back in the day ...  posting extensively on various topics including aliens/UFO's, and especially the Apollo missions and the space program in general.  A more knowledgeable and articulate person would be hard to find! He passed away in early 2013, is greatly missed, and a tribute thread can be found here: You can see him at work here: RIP, MID.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 9 July, 2019, 12:01
Members of the UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN) are to launch what they believe will be the largest ever survey of public attitudes towards alien contact on Monday at the Royal Society’s summer science exhibition. ----------------------------------------------------   More inculcation of the masses with intelligent alien life forms, a survey  grin

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