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Originally posted by Quest
However I think you under estimate the freak out factor.
The heavens gate crew all killed themselves based on aliens.
The War of the Worlds radio broadcast resulted in several deaths.
I think the general public could handle the existance of life off-world but not intelligent life flying in our skies. Fear makes people do very stupid things. Fear of authority currently has people hold up in the mountains of the US hoarding guns. Imagine now you add something like aliens. Even other people who have been conditioned to and become acostomed to things like government authority would probably freak out.
Originally posted by elaine
I don't think I would be one of the people who freak out. Excited yes. But then I'm one of those people who believe that there is more than what we just see here around us. And I also like to think of myself as being highly adaptable to new information and change.
I would probably be very curious and would want to know more about the aliens. I would want all the information the government has. In other words, I would want to know the truth so that I could react properly.
Of course this would entirely change the way I think about the universe and our role here on this planet.
It would definitely affect religious beliefs.
I can see how some would "freak out". It would cause great insecurity in some people.
It would be like when people discovered that the earth was round and not flat. Everyone's perspective would have to change.
The out come to alians has already been seen once in the 1920es a raido station played a story call war of the worlds and dident think of putting in comurcials the result was people who tuned in after the brodcast started thought it was real .needless to say there was PANICE in the streets .
Originally posted by Der Kapitan
...The biggest reprocussion is that if the gov't admits to knowledge of an alien species, then they have to justify 60 years of lies and threats. That's the real problem for the gov't, not necessarily the freak out factor.
Originally posted by Quest
For a great example of people's freak out factor look at the US pre and post 9/11.
The actual threat of terrorism has not changed, and according to Bush (sometimes) the threat is even less today. Yet people walk around even more afraid of terror.
Even more so, imagine the way people would deal with botched contact. What if, unknowingly, aliens exhale toxic gas? They could be walking over to say hello and people will start dropping dead. Rational thought wouldn't matter at that point, our instinct would kick in.
People are only accepting the concept of intelligent alien life, not them being here. Two very different things.
Replace Oil?? Are you mad? Bush/Cheney would go broke!
Originally posted by mrdependable
The world's financial markets are based more or less on demand and supply and economic models that attempt to forecast future growth and consumption. I think if it were revealed another intelligent race were here to interract with us it would cause chaos to these models and there would be a major shock to demand and supply of certain commodities. I have no clue as to what resources an alien race would likely consume or like to supply but it would no doubt radically change the existing market for that resource as we know it today. I think it would cause havoc to the current financial system as we know it.
Suppose these aliens had a near infinite supply of oil to sell to us or another source of energy altogether?
That's business, it how markets work, superior products (almost)always win.
Originally posted by mrdependableSuppose they were willing to offer credit at extremely low rates? What if they were keen buyers of a commodity like copper or zinc? Imagine if the price of copper in a few days skyrocketed past gold? What if they offered a search engine far superior to that of Google and shareholders lost billions of dollars in a single day?
But what if the Aliens society is not based upon money?
Originally posted by mrdependableSo I think the world govt's must have a plan in place before introducing an alien race including trade agreements and ethics. I think a medium of exchange and its value relative to the US dollar must be agreed upon to trade with an alien race. Also govt's would have to set in place policies to protect domestic industries and jobs from potential huge shocks in demand and supply. A good guide as to a timeframe and certain policies may be the process of establishing the EU multiplied a few times. In the end such interaction with another race will be such a boone for the human race the benefits and advances in living standards for both races will be unimaginable.
Oh yes i forgot to say how this knowledge would begin the collapse of religeon around the world.