posted on Oct, 8 2019 @ 05:21 PM
I wonder how much attitudes have changed with the general public in the last sixty years about learning there is intelligent alien life out there.
We've had a lot of "conditioning."
I still think it boils down to proximity. Most people would be cool with an alien civilization being found several thousand light years away. They'd
hopefully understand that the chances of us interacting with them either positively or negatively would be pretty slim. Most people could go back to
their ordinary lives after that.
On the other hand, if it became known that there are aliens living in underground bases on the lunar farside, or they're in orbit right now, or
they're walking among us in secret... well, that would be horrifying, and reasonably so.
Another factor would be how closely they resemble humans. Even if they're kind of in the ballpark of looking like people, and if they had the same
kinds of senses or emotional responses, we might think that's okay. But if they looked like something I saw once in a dream -- slimy 9-foot tall,
blindingly intelligent cockroach / cicada creatures that communicated by bone-rattling, deafening shrieks -- then that would also be horrifying.
So if there's another study anytime soon, I assume they'll take that into account. But even with all the conditioning, there's a very good chance it
won't be a positive experience.
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