The news is getting stranger all the time. In the UK’s Daily Telegraph we read Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer.
Shocking headline! The sub-title gives us another clue:
Scientists searching for alien life should get governments and the UN involved lest we unwittingly contact hostile extraterrestrials, a British astronomer has warned.
The UN? Has the whole world gone mad? Judge for yourself, dear reader. Here are some excerpts from the Telegraph, with bold added by us:
Mr Marek Kukula, public astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: “Part of me is with the enthusiasts and I would like us to try to make proactive contact with a wiser, more peaceful civilisation.”
But he warned: “We might like to assume that if there is intelligent life out there it is wise and benevolent, but of course we have no evidence for this.
Clearly we’re reading the words of a deep thinker. Wikipedia doesn’t have much to tell us about Marek Kukula, so we’ll have to judge him by what we see in the newspaper. Let’s read on:
“Given the consequences of contact may not be what we initially hoped for, then we need governments and the UN to get involved in any discussions,” he told The Sunday Times.
Brilliant! Buy why stop there? Why not also put the Post Office, the Food Stamp clerks, and the IRS in charge of alien contact? That’ll really impress the aliens.
This week a two-day conference is being held at the Royal Society in London, titled, ‘The detection of extraterrestrial life and the consequences for science and society.’
There is also an astrobiology conference in Texas in April at which new methods of detecting aliens will be discussed.
Wow! After this “put the UN in charge” session in London, they’ll be moving on to Texas — the hotbed of creationism! Here’s more:
Professor Simon Conway Morris, a Cambridge University evolutionary biologist, will be talking at the Royal Society on ‘Predicting what extraterrestrial life will be like – and preparing for the worst.”
Preparing for the worst? Why?
He thought that, given that the principles of Darwinian evolution should be universal, it was “inevitable” that intelligent life would have developed elsewhere in the universe given the right environmental conditions.
Gasp! There’s evolution going on out there!
Okay, one final excerpt:
Some scientists are puzzled as to why no messages have been sent back even though humans have been transmitting radio and television signals for the last century.
Prof Conway Morris reasoned that if he were in their shoes “I’m not sure I’d answer the telephone.”
What’s wrong with those guys? Look — we’re the new species in the galaxy. All the aliens are likely to be millions of years ahead of us technologically. How things go after contact will be their decision, not ours.
If we follow the advice of those guys in London, contact will result in either all-out interstellar war — which won’t end well for us — or galactic isolation forever. And the latter option may be what we’re experiencing right now.
Don’t blame ET. Imagine, dear reader, that you’re a member of some alien species and you get one of those annoying automated messages that starts out: “Hi, this is the United Nations. Would you like to chat with a lonely young species?”
[Related post: Creationist Wisdom #109: SETI.]
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