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originally posted by: skunkape23
I don't really understand why so many are worried that everyone is going to freak out if life is discovered on other planets.
Am I missing something? What's the big deal?
originally posted by: audenine
It's not clear if they are looking for life in general or intelligent life specifically. I think many would just yawn and go back to Angry Birds if they only announced life is out there. Now, if they announce that intelligent life is out there and possibly on their way here, then that would be different. People would stop playing Angry Birds in order to pick up the pizza they ordered. Then they would go home and play Angry Birds and eat pizza.
originally posted by: deckdel
a reply to: Arken
Conclusion of this event must be, to provide loads of Prozac to all the world's religious fanatics and extremists alike, who will feel hopelessly stupid.
I've said I'd keep you updated as to interesting stories, studies, missions and conferences related to Astrobiology a/k/a the hunt for aliens.
Here is an interesting conference due to take place next month which I will be attending with regards to preparing for the day where we definitely know that aliens exist and can point to a point in the sky and say, "there is life there."
Unlike other conferences which are usually just scientists and engineers and filled with scientific papers detailing different findings or previewing new experiments, this one has a broader scope which includes philosophers and theologians.
The idea behind it is to continue the growing dialog between this field and the people and institutions which many people look to when a paradigm shifts (religions).
I also see value in religious institutions for two reasons:
1) Longevity - They stand the test of time and organizations like the 100 Year Starship organization 100yss.org... have looked at the way they are structured to think about how to create an organization which will last until we have viable means to get to some of these distant worlds.
2) Vatican Observatory is a big player in the astrobiology world and it seems the Vatican is turning some of the money it gets from the flock into scientific instruments so it's really not an (us vs them) thing. They have sponsored several conferences on Astrobiology and are involved in the research into developing the "New Worlds Observer" space telescope which would take pictures of other Earths sometime in the late 2020s early 2030s.
You beat me to it, but yes. The majority of the population, upon finding out scientists discovered intelligent life on a distant planet via SETI or whatever, will just say "yeah I already knew it was there" and it won't be any big deal.
originally posted by: eriktheawful
Actually, people listening to the broadcast didn't start to panic until the point in the show where the "aliens" started to attack.