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Contacting ET is 'reckless', say astronomers

Posted on Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 | Comment icon 115 comments

Is it wise to try to contact aliens ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 CSIRO
A group of astronomers have warned of the potential dangers of trying to contact intelligent extraterrestrials.
Most people involved in the search for signs of intelligent alien civilizations tend to assume that these advanced spacefarers are benign; that they are interested only in peaceful co-existence.

There are some, however, who hold the opposite view.

Writing in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, physicist Mark Buchanan has warned that making contact with aliens could be comparable to the first Europeans making contact with the indigenous Americans.

"Chances are, we should all be grateful that we don't yet have any evidence of contact with alien civilizations," he wrote. "Attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials, if they do exist, could be extremely dangerous for us."
SETI astronomer Joe Gertz also agreed, noting that attempts to communicate with aliens could cause "the reckless endangerment of all mankind, and be absolutely proscribed with criminal consequences, presumably as exercised at the national level, or administered through the International Court of Justice in The Hague."

On the other side of the argument, meanwhile, is American astrobiologist Douglas Vakoch who believes that if we don't attempt to contact extraterrestrials, we risk "missing guidance that could enhance our own civilization's sustainability."

Ultimately, it all comes down to whether or not the aliens we do contact happen to be peaceful.

Is it worth the risk ? You decide.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (115)

Tags: Alien, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #106 Posted by Abramelin on 20 June, 2021, 17:44
Another nice one to explain 'visiting aliens' :  
Comment icon #107 Posted by Tom1200 on 20 June, 2021, 20:20
Because you appear to be taking utter nonsense seriously.  Your contribution to the discussion was a link to an article stating "Experts claim there are three hostile Alien species visiting Earth".  You also implied you uncritically accept the stories of 'abductees'.   Two excellent points offering solutions to interstellar travel, and how to survive the awfully long journeys.  These really deserve a whole dedicated thread to tease out the pros and cons of different approaches.  At least we can agree that journey times of millennia are inevitable without completely novel physics. I instinctive... [More]
Comment icon #108 Posted by XenoFish on 20 June, 2021, 21:03
"Time Travel" might have been the wrong term for it. More like connecting one point in space to another, removing the travel time option. Making a 1000 year journey in a matter of minutes. However, that level of technology must be amazing to have. If such a species could do that. They might've gone beyond this universe. I can only speculate.  Personally though. I don't think full body humans could make it past Pluto or even successfully to Mars if I'm honest. Space is unforgiving. So we might be relegated to cybernetic (brains in mechanical bodies) really get past earth.  That is unless we dev... [More]
Comment icon #109 Posted by Manwon Lender on 20 June, 2021, 22:25
Connecting one point in space to another is what is know as a Einstein-Rosen Bridge or better known as a Wormhole. Three major problems with that technology for us, first making the opening large enough to enter, two maintaining stability so it doesn't collapse while your inside it, third currently the human races knowledge of Astrophysics is very weak. While Einstein gave us a fantastic working knowledge of physics, there is still so much we don't know that our present knowledge doesn't even make up half of the full equation.  But, if we ever reach a point where we are able to create an Einst... [More]
Comment icon #110 Posted by Freez1 on 21 June, 2021, 5:07
They are already here.
Comment icon #111 Posted by naughtynick on 21 June, 2021, 5:09
And you know this how???
Comment icon #112 Posted by Mr Walker on 21 June, 2021, 7:56
Any civilization capable of visiting us, doesn't require any invitation (or permission) from us , to do so. Such signals are irrelevant, like the fires of native peoples to the European ships passing by.
Comment icon #113 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 21 June, 2021, 12:16
Conspiracy theorists told him.
Comment icon #114 Posted by Golden Duck on 21 June, 2021, 22:31
It's connecting points in space-time.  There is theorised you don't get the time savings by travelling through one.
Comment icon #115 Posted by acute on 21 June, 2021, 23:38
So.......... It's all about cheese.  

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