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Who decides what we should say to aliens ?

September 10, 2019 | Comment icon 50 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 (50)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #41 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Comment icon #42 Posted by brian100 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
I think they have Jesus as a copilot
Comment icon #45 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
Haven't seen that dude in years. He was a goodie.
Comment icon #46 Posted by brian100 3 years ago
I wouldn't talk to any Aliens.
Comment icon #47 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
from the moment this thread started this image stuck in my mind.
Comment icon #48 Posted by macrev 3 years ago
Hopefully not Trump, then they will decide, they haven't come in peace.
Comment icon #49 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 3 years ago
I just thought of the perfect person(s). Flat Earthers!!! It would **** the with FEs heads if aliens landed on this flat planet. How did the aliens get through the dome?
Comment icon #50 Posted by Horta 3 years ago
I think they should be offered a course to help them learnhow to fly in our atmosphere. Poor little fellas, don't want another Roswell.

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