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Originally posted by smokingman2006
UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens
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THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earths first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN's little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
Originally posted by CX
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
If only this were the case.
If people think that she will be running the show when the first ET turns up, they are seriously mistaken.
There will be more than enough advisors, agencies and people you've probably never heard of calling the shots and telling her what is going to happen.
Just like the president, does anyone really think Obama got into office and there wasn't a sit down chat to say, "OK, this is how it really is!"?
I fear this lady is just a face that the public would want to see dealing with our first contact. Kind of like that guy out of The Fly and Jurrassic Park...but a bit more mellow.
Carl Sagan would have been a good choice had he been alive.
Four panel debates include
Calling ET, or not even answering the phone?
Societal questions raised by the detection of extra-terrestrial life
What could studies of extra-terrestrial life tell us about the future of humanity?
Extra-terrestrial life and arising political issues for the UN agenda
led to believe "...there is nothing there... move along...".
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Outrageo
There is no mention of an "unexpected visitor". This is all in reference to a reaction to receiving a signal from one of those "new planets" (which are hundreds of light years away) and what might be an appropriate response to such an event.