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Who decides what we should say to aliens ?


Posted on Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 | Comment icon 47 comments

Saying the wrong thing could have dire consequences. Image Credit: Henrique Alvim Correa
An Oxford University survey asked the British public who they would trust to respond to first contact with ET.
Given the lack of a worldwide authority on extraterrestrial communication, it remains unclear who would have the right to decide for our planet how to respond in the event of first contact with aliens.

Keen to learn the views of the British public on such an issue, lawyer Leah Trueblood and astrophysicist Peter Hatfield teamed up to commission an Oxford University survey on the topic.

The results indicated that the most popular opinion, with 39% of the vote, was to leave the decision of how to respond to extraterrestrial visitors up to members of the scientific community.

"It's a small poll but it's reassuring that people feel they can trust scientists to make these big decisions," said Hatfield.

15% of participants voted to leave it up to elected representatives while at the very bottom of the list with 11% of the vote was the option of determining what to do via a referendum.

"Referendums are of course particularly controversial in the UK right now," said Hatfield. "It would be interesting to try this in other countries to see if the results are about the same."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (47)

Tags: Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #38 Posted by Desertrat56 on 14 September, 2019, 16:16
Comment icon #39 Posted by zygote_myles on 15 September, 2019, 16:51
Who decides what we should say to aliens? You do, if they decide to come to you. So choose your words carefully, ha. 
Comment icon #40 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 19 September, 2019, 21:10
Didn't the UN create an Earth Ambassador role years ago?
Comment icon #41 Posted by Desertrat56 on 19 September, 2019, 21:23
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/aboutus/index.html
Comment icon #42 Posted by brian100 on 20 September, 2019, 1:10
Corso said these beings don't speak. They use some sort of telepathy.   If they say. "we come in peace" run!    
Comment icon #43 Posted by Hazzard on 20 September, 2019, 8:35
Corso was lying about it all. Click on the link I posted for you on the other thread. Its all there for everyone to read. You have got to learn when to hold them and to fold them. This Corso one is a dead end.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 20 September, 2019, 22:08
I think they have Jesus as a copilot 
Comment icon #45 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 20 September, 2019, 22:10
Haven't seen that dude in years. He was a goodie.
Comment icon #46 Posted by brian100 on 21 September, 2019, 20:46
I wouldn't talk to any Aliens.    
Comment icon #47 Posted by the13bats on 21 September, 2019, 21:02
from the moment this thread started this image stuck in my mind.


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