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Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence?

Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence?

The SETI project scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals, but now they are also considering sending messages from Earth telling of our position. A researcher from the University of Cádiz (Spain) questions this idea in view of the results from a survey taken by students, revealing the general level of ignorance about the cosmos and the influence of religion when tackling these matters.

The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project is an initiative that began in the 70s with funding from NASA, but that has evolved towards the collaboration of millions of Internet users for the processing of data from the Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico), where space tracking is carried out.

Now the members of this controversial project are trying to go further and not only search for extraterrestrial signs, but also actively send messages from Earth (Active SETI) to detect possible extraterrestrial civilisations. Astrophysicists, such as Stephen Hawking, have already warned of the risk that this implies for humanity, since it could favour the arrival of beings with more advanced technology and dubious intentions.

The ethical and sociological implications of this proposal have been analysed by the neuro-psychologist Gabriel G. de la Torre, professor at the University of Cádiz and participant in previous projects such as Mars 500 or space psychology topical team project financed by the European Space Agency, who wonders: “Can such a decision be taken on behalf of the whole planet? What would happen if it was successful and ‘someone’ received our signal? Are we prepared for this type of contact?”

To answer these questions, the professor sent a questionnaire to 116 American, Italian and Spanish university students. The survey assessed their knowledge of astronomy, their level of perception of the physical environment, their opinion on the place that things occupy in the cosmos, as well as religious questions – for example, “do you believe that God created the universe?” – or on the likelihood of contact with extraterrestrials.

The results, published in the journal ‘Acta Astronautica’, indicate that, as a species, humanity is still not ready for trying to actively contact a supposed extraterrestrial civilisation, since people lack knowledge and preparation. For this reason, SETI researchers are recommended in this study to look for alternative strategies.

“This pilot study demonstrates that the knowledge of the general public of a certain education level about the cosmos and our place within it is still poor. Therefore, a cosmic awareness must be further promoted – where our mind is increasingly conscious of the global reality that surrounds us – using the best tool available to us: education,” De la Torre emphasised. ”In this respect, we need a new Galileo to lead this journey”.

It was deduced from the questionnaires, which will soon be available to everyone on line, that university students and the rest of society lack awareness on many astronomical aspects, despite the enormous progress of science and technology. It also revealed that the majority of people consider these subjects according to their religious belief and that they would rely on politicians in the event of a huge global-scale crisis having to be resolved.

“Regarding our relation with a possible intelligent extraterrestrial life, we should not rely on moral reference points of thought, since they are heavily influenced by religion. Why should some more intelligent beings be ‘good’?,” added the researcher, who believes that this matter should not be monopolized by a handful of scientists: “In fact, it is a global matter with a strong ethical component in which we must all participate”.

References:

Gabriel G. De la Torre. “Toward a new cosmic consciousness: Psychoeducational aspects of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations”.Acta Astronautica 94 (2): 577–583, 2014.

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I have seen them many times over the years,i have the pictures to proof it

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Don’t hold out on us then mon ami, post them here 👽 👽

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Oh yes,we’ve been ready for sometime now,i dont care what they might look like for me it will be just a natural agenda after having been lied and cut off of all this new technologies

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Nobody is ready for that..none of us is ready for this…it’s just a desire of us…

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Don’t get me wrong, I have hope that there are other species. I have seen items that I have no explanation for. I believe that the Universe is too vast to have just one planet with lifeforms. As I stated above, if there has been contact made with another species and it hasn’t been announced, then there must be a sinister plot behind keeping it concealed. At any rate, I learned long ago not to take someone’s word regarding a subject that is controversial without having hard evidence to back it up. Everyone has their beliefs and I respect them;… Read more »
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Well stated my friend 👍

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We’ve always been ready. Even the ancient Sumerians were ready. Every second tribr of antiquity was ready. 🙂

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Dogon tribe of Mali, Hopi Indians, Australian Aboriginals…

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I am ready I saw 2 F-16’s chase a object into a cloud over Fort Bragg N.C. on Oct.16th 2010 instead of freaking out I started reverse engineering it

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Wake up people!

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Obviously some of you haven’t heard of Paul Hellyer ex Canadian Minister of Defence and arguably the worlds highest ranking ET disclosure proponent.
https://youtu.be/0v4sq2akgtE

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I know! It’s been a long time! I lived in Queensland in St. George for back in the 90’s.

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Haha it’s an Aussie thing 🙂 🌞 😎 🐨

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Just as clarification, I’m not a Canadian, I’m from the U.S. I just happened to be in Toronto at the time and caught some of it on the television. I did see some reaction of the public on the news after his announcement. Sure thing, Mate! Haven’t heard that in quite some time!

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Great insight thanks mate 👍

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Let’s say that from what I heard its similar as in the U.S. some do and some don’t. Mainstream always discounts but he is a reputable person as you know from his credentials.

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(I.e. Did he get public support?)

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How was it received by the Canadian public Charles?

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Yes I have heard of this and have seen his disclosure. Not specifically this YouTube video, but during the conference televised in Toronto.

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Some of us maybe

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ive known and seen and encountered before

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I’m ready everyday I wish they’d are not scary AF !

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I am most are .. Not everybody knows how ..

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If species alien to ours wanted us to know about them, it would have been made readily apparent by now. If there has been contact and only a segment of humans are aware–as some believe– there must be a sinister plot behind why it would be concealed. I firmly believe the later is not the case, because those of us that do believe know our Government’s are corrupt as any could be, and an advanced species most likely would be able to detect that. My opinion is that our species has just not evolved enough yet for another to reveal… Read more »
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Vinny Botts LMAO!

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You have no idea who’s behind the government buddy..or who controls them…do sum research

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Thomas Harpur Anything is plausible.

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Don’t you think that if the ETs are known to some Government’s that they (the ETs) would have been sent by thier Government who are likely to be corrupt?

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Exactamente

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The people are but the power mongers are not.

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Three people are but the power mongers are not.

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SETI’s policy is when they find signals, DON’T TELL ANYONE….contact the authorities and then it’s up to government to decide the next move…and we all know how GREAT government is when it comes to our best interests.

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YES. I am ready, willing and wanting it NOW.

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BIG maybe…..👽

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Yes we are 👍

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Listo.. No lo creo pero nunca se hemos estado solo diré que dispuesto si con ganas de aprender, saber y que se caiga la venda de los ojos de muchos así como el negocio de tantos, todos sabemos la religión es el mejor negocio de todos y al contactar se acabaría y quizá algo cambie y volveremos la vista a nosotros cómo seres humanos ….

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De acuerdo…

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this falls under the 1/3rd rule the 1/3rd says 1/3rd will 1/3rd won’t and 1/3 don’t care either way

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Oh yes plz 😃

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If we can communicate without automatically shooting at them.

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