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posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 05:51 PM
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The call that is important to us all
Leigh Dayton, Science Writer
December 08, 2005
EARTHLINGS haven't yet heard from ET, but leading questers for cosmic company are getting ready to take the call ... just in case.

They've established an international committee to set the etiquette for inter-galactic contact. And Sydney-based cosmologist Paul Davies just took on the top job.
"We need to get the protocol correct and clarified," noted Professor Davies, with Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Astrobiology.
"If ET called tonight we'd be in a bit of a muddle about it all," he added, speaking prior to his first meeting as head of the Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup.
The body is part of the International Academy of Astronautics and was founded by radio-astronomer Jill Tarter of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California.
"We want the correct details about the discovery event and any interpretation made about it to get out there," commented Dr Tarter, in Australia for a lecture tour supported by Sydney University's Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology.
According to Dr Tarter - whose SETI exploits were portrayed by Jodie Foster in the 1997 film Contact - if a signal from ET is detected it must be verified quickly and the news spread widely to ensure it's not "co-opted" by interest groups or politicians.
"Another caveat is that (scientists) will not transmit a reply until there's a global consensus about whether to reply and what should be said," Dr Tarter claimed.
And as Professor Davies noted, that's a contentious matter: "People have Hollywood movie fears that ET will come here, take over, eat us, turn us into pets or eliminate us".
Further, it's not clear who speaks for Planet Earth.
Dr Tarter failed to persuade the United Nations to take on the responsibility, so Professor Davies has another plan.
"At some stage we'll have to deal with governments," he acknowledged. "That's why I'm toying with the idea of including (on the taskforce) an elder statesman - Gorbechov or possibly Clinton - sombody with no (current) political agenda, but who knows the political process." Both Dr Tarter and professor Davies are confident that they and their colleagues can find answers and create guidelines. They're not so sure they'll need to use them. What are the odds of finding ET? "I don't know the answer," replied Dr Tarter. "But if we never search the chance is zero."

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posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 06:01 PM
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Here is the link:
www.theaustralian.news.com.au...



I found this of great interest:


if a signal from ET is detected it must be verified quickly and the news spread widely to ensure it's not "co-opted" by interest groups or politicians.


I'm not sure if this is the best approach, but i think it needs to be done.

I think the info needs to be from one source but available to the public domain.
You wouldn't want dodgy sites / media networks putting their own spin on it.

We all have the right to know what our future holds


[edit on 7-12-2005 by one_small_step]





 
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