Aliens May Destroy Humanity to Protect other Civilisations, Say Scientists

Aliens May Destroy Humanity to Protect other Civilisations, Say Scientists

Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report.

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

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Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact”.

In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis, the researchers divide alien contacts into three broad categories: beneficial, neutral or harmful.

Beneficial encounters ranged from the mere detection of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), for example through the interception of alien broadcasts, to contact with cooperative organisms that help us advance our knowledge and solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.

Another beneficial outcome the authors entertain sees humanity triumph over a more powerful alien aggressor, or even being saved by a second group of ETs. “In these scenarios, humanity benefits not only from the major moral victory of having defeated a daunting rival, but also from the opportunity to reverse-engineer ETI technology,” the authors write.

Other kinds of close encounter may be less rewarding and leave much of human society feeling indifferent towards alien life. The extraterrestrials may be too different from us to communicate with usefully. They might invite humanity to join the “Galactic Club” only for the entry requirements to be too bureaucratic and tedious for humans to bother with. They could even become a nuisance, like the stranded, prawn-like creatures that are kept in a refugee camp in the 2009 South African movie, District 9, the report explains.

The most unappealing outcomes would arise if extraterrestrials caused harm to humanity, even if by accident. While aliens may arrive to eat, enslave or attack us, the report adds that people might also suffer from being physically crushed or by contracting diseases carried by the visitors. In especially unfortunate incidents, humanity could be wiped out when a more advanced civilisation accidentally unleashes an unfriendly artificial intelligence, or performs a catastrophic physics experiment that renders a portion of the galaxy uninhabitable.

To bolster humanity’s chances of survival, the researchers call for caution in sending signals into space, and in particular warn against broadcasting information about our biological make-up, which could be used to manufacture weapons that target humans. Instead, any contact with ETs should be limited to mathematical discourse “until we have a better idea of the type of ETI we are dealing with.”

The authors warn that extraterrestrials may be wary of civilisations that expand very rapidly, as these may be prone to destroy other life as they grow, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect other civilisations.

“A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions,” the report states.

“Green” aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.

Even if we never make contact with extraterrestrials, the report argues that considering the potential scenarios may help to plot the future path of human civilisation, avoid collapse and achieve long-term survival.

 

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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    • Voce acha mesmo,da uma olhada no curriculo da humanidade de 200 anos ate hoje.Ganancia,poder,guerras,muita maldade,indiferente a tudo ,meio ambiente sendo devastado,a vida sem nenhum valor,e muito mais.O homem nao faz falta neste planeta ,acho q sera isso mesmo,ou seremos destruidos de vez ou seremos dominados por civilizaçoes bem mais potente tecnologicamente.O homem nao tem condiçao de convivencia com outras raças se ele a nao dominar,e agora estamos no fio da navalha em um confronto com essas civilizaçoes nao teremos chances de nenum exito.Infelizmente ou felizmente sera assim,porque nao temos nada a oferecer para estas civilizaçoes que nos vê como uma raça destruidora e nao confiável.Os cientistas sao pessoas q vivem para descobrir e se der achar uma saida,nesse caso nao há nenhuma.

  1. I don’t think the threat is much E.T (extraterrestrial beings) more than our selves, if we continue polluting the world the way we currently all, drilling oil in the artic ocean, cutting tress & burning them down, if we do not cut down co emission, if we keep consuming and generating bunch of waste (chemical, ewaste, etc) Then yeah we will destroy our own place, I don’t think e.t will need to worry about that. HUMAN ACTICITY is the number one cause for all the damage being done to the planet we live in, we should worry about that instead and start watching out own carbon footprint the best we can ! I THINK THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT …

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    • The Pope knows all about ufos and alien life. The Church has had contact from the beginning. On the death of the last Pope there was a ufo hovering above the Vatican at the time of his death. There are clear pictures of this and plenty of eyewitness. They were paying their respects. The Pope has said, on record there is extraterrestrial life.

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