Communication with extraterrestrial worlds threatens “the end of all life on Earth”
Contact with aliens could lead to “the end of all life on Earth,” and people should stop trying to establish communication with aliens, warn physicists and astronomers. True, their opponents believe that contact with aliens will be the key to the future stability of our planet with the help of extraterrestrial technologies.
A group of astronomers oppose the desire to establish communication between humanity and aliens from outside our galaxy, warning that contact with aliens could lead to “the end of all life on Earth.” Physicist and scientific author Mark Buchanan wrote about this in a recent article in the Washington Post.
According to the Daily Mail, Buchanan begins his article by mentioning video footage released by the US Department of Defense in April 2020, one of which shows a US Navy plane colliding with “unidentified aerial phenomena,” including objects flying and moving at directions that are impossible for the flight of man-made vehicles.
Just a year earlier, a leaked Pentagon footage showed an unidentified flying object hovering over San Diego, prompting speculation that perhaps “third-degree close contacts” weren’t that far off.
But according to a group of astronomers cited in Buchanan’s paper, we shouldn’t assume that these possible aliens arrive on Earth in peace.
“Most likely, we should all be grateful that we do not yet have any evidence of contact with alien civilizations,” writes Mark Buchanan. “Attempts to contact aliens, if they exist, can be extremely dangerous for us.”
Extraterrestrial Intelligence Astronomer Joe Hertz echoed Mark Buchanan’s view by stating that all our attempts to communicate with aliens could ultimately become a reckless threat to all of humanity and should be absolutely banned with criminal consequences at the national level or through the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Mark Buchanan likened a possible encounter with aliens to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in North America, when an older civilization was vulnerable to more technologically advanced Europeans.
Given the relatively young age of our galaxy, Buchanan believes that earthlings would undoubtedly prove to be a more primitive civilization in the face of the inhabitants of galaxies and planets millions of years older than us.
However, astronomers and scientists belonging to a different school believe that contact with aliens, on the contrary, can benefit humanity at least through the use of alien technologies, which, in turn, can increase the stability of our planet.
Douglas Vacoch, American astrobiologist, extraterrestrial intelligence researcher, psychologist and president of METI International, is one of those astronomers who not only believe in contact with aliens, but are actively engaged in related searches.
As president of METI International, Vakoch runs a non-profit research organization dedicated to transmitting signals to extraterrestrial civilizations.
By ignoring their responsibilities as members of a potentially galactic neighborhood, Earth’s inhabitants risk “missing out on leadership that could enhance the resilience of our own civilization,” writes Douglas Vacoch.
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