When aliens talk, how will we respond?
SETI astronomer open on how the human race could communicate with extraterrestrial intelligence
If the race is a close encounter of the third kind, it is more likely an ET-style “good” experience than the feeling that it is “game over.”
Research published in Frontiers shows that humanity is more likely to have a positive answer than a negative. “In this study, we found that the responses were significantly more positive than negative, and more reward us. risk-oriented,” the researchers from Arizona State University wrote.
Although much of Hollywood is focused on finding intelligent life forms in movies such as “Independence Day,” “E. T.” and “Aliens” it is more likely that the discoveries will be smaller in size, perhaps microbes.
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“Some scientists, including Ramin Skibba, have suggested that the discovery of an alien life, even in microbial form, can be ‘earth-shattering’,” the researchers wrote in the introduction. “Other experts, such as scientists, like Christof Koch, Guy Consolmagno, and Aaron Gronstal, have suggested that the discovery of alien microbes little in the way of the social or psychological impact.”
In an interview with The Guardian, Professor Michael Varnum, who is one of the authors of the study, said that the microbes would probably be the first sign of life we find, if there is something found. Varnum, along with Jung Yul Kwon, Hannah L. Bercovici and Katja Cunningham presented their findings at the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Austin, Texas.
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Varnum and the other researchers carried out studies, and came to their conclusions by analyzing 15 media articles written in the time of three discoveries of the past few years, as well as NASA’s 1996 announcement that a martian meteorite that yielded evidence of primitive life. Until the day of NASA’s 1996 has resulted in years of ongoing controversy, according to Space.com.
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The other events that were used in the studies were the 1967 discovery of pulsars, which were initially thought to be a possible alien broadcasts, 1977 Wow signal, the 2015 discovery of periodic dimming around Tabby’s Star and 2017 the discovery of numerous Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zone of a star.
In addition, the researchers looked at the responses from the 500 participants to a hypothetical announcement that microbial life was discovered.
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