Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? by Toney Allman

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For a while: The actual coordinates in space from which the message came. No responsible scientist wants random people to start beaming signals and messages back to aliens. The major issue, Davies explains, is that no one person has the right to make decisions about contacting alien intelligence. Humanity, as a whole, must decide: “Should we respond? If so, what should we say? ”63 Some people argue that whether and how to 56 Foolish Earthlings At one time the SETI project was part of NASA, supported with government funds.

For whatever reason, the aliens need a way to preserve something of themselves. ”42 They would not even need space rockets; they could seed comets with the viruses that carried their genes. Maybe most of the microbes would die, but some could land on habitable planets and become the beginnings of a kind of colonization by the alien culture. The microbes carrying their genes might begin the process of evolution and ensure that the extraterrestrial life-forms continued. Some of these microbes, however, might reach Earth, and if they did, they could cause terrible, untreatable diseases.

Public openness, DID YOU KNOW ? however, creates a large problem beThe character played by cause someone has to decide what to Jodie Foster in the 1997 do. This question is so serious for humovie Contact is based mankind that Davies argues that one on real-life SETI Instifact should be kept secret—at least tute director Jill Tarter. for a while: The actual coordinates in space from which the message came. No responsible scientist wants random people to start beaming signals and messages back to aliens.

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