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originally posted by: undo
a representative selection of the mammal species that have unique communication skills,perhaps:
a dolphin that has learned to communicate thru computer interface. to represent mammal life in the sea.
a gorilla that has learned to communicate thru symbols (sign language). to represent mammal life on the land.
and finally, a human who is multilingual and has a good concept of metaphor, symbol, and can think out of the box. to represent mammal life that has learned how to exist in the sea, land and air.
"Can such a decision be taken on behalf of the whole planet? What would happen if it was successful and 'someone' received our signal? Are we prepared for this type of contact?"
To answer these questions, the professor sent a questionnaire to 116 American, Italian and Spanish university students. The survey assessed their knowledge of astronomy, their level of perception of the physical environment, their opinion on the place that things occupy in the cosmos, as well as religious questions -- for example, "do you believe that God created the universe?" -- or on the likelihood of contact with extraterrestrials.
The results, published in the journal 'Acta Astronautica', indicate that, as a species, humanity is still not ready for trying to actively contact a supposed extraterrestrial civilisation, since people lack knowledge and preparation. For this reason, SETI researchers are recommended in this study to look for alternative strategies.
"This pilot study demonstrates that the knowledge of the general public of a certain education level about the cosmos and our place within it is still poor. Therefore, a cosmic awareness must be further promoted -- where our mind is increasingly conscious of the global reality that surrounds us -- using the best tool available to us: education," De la Torre emphasised. "In this respect, we need a new Galileo to lead this journey."
It was deduced from the questionnaires, which will soon be available to everyone on line, that university students and the rest of society lack awareness on many astronomical aspects, despite the enormous progress of science and technology. It also revealed that the majority of people consider these subjects according to their religious belief and that they would rely on politicians in the event of a huge global-scale crisis having to be resolved.
"Regarding our relation with a possible intelligent extraterrestrial life, we should not rely on moral reference points of thought, since they are heavily influenced by religion."
originally posted by: socpsy
1. keep your promise to the tribe and never tell anyone about the base
2. come back later in secret and try to make contact yourself
3. inform the authorities about your discovery. If so which government or organization would you inform?
You have to admit it bothers you that the visitors don't want their presence known since you are not qualified to assess if the alien mission is truly peaceful and only here for observational purposes.
You also argue with yourself that any advanced alien civilization has probably thought the whole thing trough and decided it's in our own best interest not to know about them.
What course of action would be in the best interest for all parties involved?
originally posted by: JadeStar
originally posted by: charlyv
You need media and documentation talent, historical research/logistics and mainstream science.
So I vote for these 3:
Which one of those things is not like the other? Hmmm.....