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How would we approach first contact ?

Posted on Monday, 2 April, 2012 | Comment icon 49 comments | News tip by: ohio state buckeyes


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If we were to ever come across an inhabitated alien planet, how would we go about contacting them ?

Senior SETI astronomer Seth Shostak believes that the most likely scenario would involve humans coming across an extraterrestrial race that is more primitive than we are and that the odds of encountering a civilization of an equal technological level to ours would be extremely remote.

Author Robert Freitas has claimed that in the 1950s the US military developed a seven stage plan to follow in the event of a contact situation. The steps included remote surveillance and data gathering as well as covert operations to determine military strength, this would then progress in to landings in secluded regions to collect specimens eventually including members of the alien race themselves - actions that seem to mirror those that have been reported by alleged alien abductees for decades.

"It is conceivable that humans could someday discover aliens."

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Comment icon #40 Posted by Gorff on 31 May, 2012, 0:24
Mathematics would be our way of communicating surely?
Comment icon #41 Posted by DONTEATUS on 31 May, 2012, 0:34
Mathematics would be our way of communicating surely? If Its math THen I`ll just stand near the front and watch the equations fly ! But dont ask for my two cents, I`ll just get us into a B.B.Q contest right off the bat !
Comment icon #42 Posted by Gorff on 31 May, 2012, 0:45
If Its math THen I`ll just stand near the front and watch the equations fly ! But dont ask for my two cents, I`ll just get us into a B.B.Q contest right off the bat ! Haha im with you on that 1 matey.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Framling on 31 May, 2012, 2:25
Mathematics would be our way of communicating surely? they better have a translator if they came all that way. maybe an abductee?
Comment icon #44 Posted by psyche101 on 31 May, 2012, 4:26
Comment icon #45 Posted by TheMcGuffin on 31 May, 2012, 4:53
There's actually a 2006 book called An Introduction to Planetary Defense, written not by UFO buffs, but NASA, military and intelligence types. http://www.amazon.co...ASIN=1581124473 Its chapter titles are: 1) Chances of an alien invasion 2) Warfare with aliens 3) Which aliens are friendly, which want us for lunch 4) Do we need to know? 5) Did we say hello, or are you our lunch? 6) Who's prepared, and who's preparing? They feature alien types that are neutral or indifferent, as well as friendly and Utopian aliens and "Ringos" who want to attack us and loot the planet. Maybe the latter are like ... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Eldorado on 31 May, 2012, 10:52
Would depend on "where" I discovered theses aliens. If they were in kip with my gf, my preferred method of communication would be a shotgun. However, if they were mowing my lawn I'd hug them. If they "are" watching us or ar already here... why worry? I've never heard of suicide-bomber-aliens, corrupt-banker aliens or hyocrite-politician aliens.
Comment icon #47 Posted by C235 on 31 October, 2012, 13:51
Is eating an option too?
Comment icon #48 Posted by DONTEATUS on 31 October, 2012, 22:12
Hey ! Thats my Line !
Comment icon #49 Posted by WGH on 2 November, 2012, 11:43
There's only one option of how to approach the situation. Cautiously with a .45 tucked in your waistband.


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