Scientists warn that alien contact could result in ‘the end of all life on earth’ and slams humanity’s preoccupation with communicating with extraterrestrials
- A group of astronomers are pushing back on humanity’s preoccupation with contacting aliens, warning that it could result in ‘the end of all life on earth’
- SETI astronomer Joe Gertz claims that our attempts at communicating with extraterrestrials is ‘the reckless endangerment of all mankind’
- In a Washington Post op-ed, physicist and science writer Mark Buchanan detailed some recent UFO encounters with the US Navy
- Given the relatively young age of our galaxy compared to the rest of the cosmos, Buchanan thinks that we would undoubtedly be the more primitive civilization
- However, astronomers from a different school of thought argue that alien contact is the key to our planet’s future sustainability by way of alien technology
A group of astronomers are pushing back on humanity’s preoccupation with communicating with aliens beyond our galaxy, warning that alien contact could result in ‘the end of all life on earth,’ physicist and science writer Mark Buchanan wrote in a recent Washington Post op-ed.
Buchanan begins the piece by mentioning the April 2020 videos released by the Defense Department, one of which shows a US Navy aircraft encountering ‘unidentified aerial phenomena,’ including objects flying and moving at speeds and directions that are impossible for human-made flight.
Just a year prior, leaked Pentagon footage showed an unidentified flying object hovering over San Diego, suggesting that maybe a ‘close encounter of the third kind’ isn’t so far off from happening.
But we shouldn’t assume that these possible aliens are coming in peace, according to a group of astronomers cited in Buchanan’s piece.
In a video released by the Defense Department last year, a US Navy aircraft encounters a UFO, with objects flying and moving at speeds and directions impossible for human-made flight
In 2019, leaked Pentagon footage showed a UFO hovering over San Diego, suggesting that maybe a ‘close encounter of the third kind’ isn’t so far off from happening after all
‘Chances are, we should all be grateful that we don’t yet have any evidence of contact with alien civilizations,’ Buchanan writes.
‘Attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials, if they do exist, could be extremely dangerous for us.’
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence astronomer Joe Gertz echoed Buchanan’s sentiments, stating that all of our attempts at communicating with extraterrestrials could ultimately cause ‘the reckless endangerment of all mankind, and be absolutely proscribed with criminal consequences, presumably as exercised at the national level, or administered through the International Court of Justice in The Hague.’
Buchanan compared a possible alien encounter to Christopher Columbus coming to North America, where an older civilization was vulnerable to the more technologically-advanced Europeans.
Given the relatively young age of our galaxy, Buchanan thinks that we would undoubtedly be the more primitive civilization in the face of inhabitants from galaxies and planets millions of years older than us.
However, astronomers and scientists from a differing school of thought believe extraterrestrial contact could only benefit humanity through the use of alien technology, which in turn could improve the planet’s sustainability.
Douglas Vakoch, an American astrobiologist, search for extraterrestrial intelligence researcher, psychologist, and president of METI International, is one of those astronomers who not only believes in contacting aliens, he’s actively doing so.
As president of METI International, Vakoch runs a nonprofit research organization that is devoted to transmitting intentional signals to extraterrestrial civilizations.
By ignoring our duties as members of a potentially galactic neighborhood, we risk ‘missing guidance that could enhance our own civilization’s sustainability,’ he writes.
Vakoch has also edited over a dozen books in SETI, which provides copies of the organization’s proposals on their website to involve the public in participating in this conversation on whether or not humanity should be reaching out to the stars.