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Do we really need a “plan” for a response to aliens?

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True, we’ve been writing a lot lately about responses to alien sightings but that’s because there’s a lot of response to write about. Response, that is, not invasions. And now this:

… the group of UK academics active in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence launched a survey at the Royal Society’s summer science exhibition on Monday …

“There is absolutely no procedure enshrined in international law on how to respond to a signal from an alien civilization,” astronomer Martin Dominik told The Guardian. “We want to hear people’s views. The consequences affect more people than just scientists.”

Kristin Houser, “Scientists want your input on our alien response plan” at Futurism

Here.

Readers? What’s your view?

From News: If a tenth of the effort were put into cleaning up the corruption around peer review, as for example in: The astonishing rise of junk science,” that would be a better use of time than figuring out what to say to the Klingons or Jabba the Hutt when they or theirs finally show up.

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See also: Why are we still talking about the Oumuamua alien sighting panic?
Look, these people needed a miracle from outer space and it was great while it lasted. But why is the embarrassing story being kept alive? Won’t another, similar one come along soon?

and

University of Maryland: Oumuamua was not an alien spacecraft “Stick with analogs we know,” you advise? Yes, good idea. It used to be the usual approach among scientists. So why was it suddenly suspended? We are still wondering. Or maybe we know but no one wants to discuss it.

Also: Tales of an invented god.

3 Replies to “Do we really need a “plan” for a response to aliens?

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    Fasteddious says:

    Two scenarios to consider:
    A. Radio or EM signal received from some remote star system (unlikely, SETI-like signal received):
    – no hurry to respond; lots of time to think about how to do so, depending on the nature of the signal.
    B: Contact on Earth or in the solar system with aliens (much less likely, actual alien visitors):
    – say hello and welcome to the solar system, wait for reply, then respond accordingly.
    i.e. always best to assume friendly, curious interest, rather than evil intent.
    What lessons can we learn from previous explorer contacts with “alien” human cultures?

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    EDTA says:

    First thing is to make them think we taste bad. Here, have some anchovies.

    (These people must have nothing to do if they’re worried about international law and aliens.)

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    ET says:

    According to India’s ancient texts E.T.s showed up 6,000 years ago.

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