Humans 'Not Ready' To Meet Aliens, New Study Suggests
Space psychologist Professor Gabriel de la Torre came to the conclusion after questioning 116 American, Italian and Spanish university students.
The survey assessed participants' knowledge of astronomy and their perception of cosmological order - the "place" things occupy in the universe.
It also touched on religious topics and the likelihood of contact with extraterrestrials.
The survey indicated that the students were ill-prepared for the momentous impact contact with ET might have on the human race, said Prof de la Torre.
Most lacked awareness of many aspects of astronomy and their views were coloured by religion.
"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," said Prof De la Torre, from the University of Cadiz in Spain.
"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. In this respect, we need a new Galileo to lead this journey."
He added: "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'?"
The survey was carried out amid controversy over the on-going Active Seti (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) project.
Active Seti sets out to send radio messages from Earth to the stars, as well as listen for them.
It has been criticised by some experts, including top British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. He warned of the consequences of revealing ourselves to technologically advanced beings who may not have our best interests at heart.
A high-powered message sent to the Gliese 581 system, a five-planet solar system 20 light-years away, is due to arrive in 2029.
Gliese 581 has two planets in its "habitable zone", an orbital region where temperatures are mild enough to allow liquid surface water and possibly life.
Prof de la Torre, who worked on the Mars 500 project which tested the psychological pressures on astronauts travelling to Mars, also questions the wisdom of Active Seti.
"What would happen if it was successful and 'someone' received our signal?" he said. "Are we prepared for this type of contact?"
Writing in the journal Acta Astronautica, he urges Seti scientists to look for alternative strategies.
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Novelty nag gag removed from shops Space psychologist Professor Gabriel de la Torre came to the conclusion after questioning 116 American, Italian and Spanish university students. The survey assessed participants' knowledge of astronomy and their perception of cosmological order - the "place" things occupy in the universe.
We've had a few posts about SETI - the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Among our favorites is What Are We Learning from SETI?, in which we probably bored you with our own speculations about the Fermi paradox ("Where is everybody?"), and what we ought to do about it. We found a new article on the subject at PhysOrg: Are we ready for...
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properREDeye wrote May 9, 2014 2:52:20 PM CEST
It is idiotic to entertain the notion that we are ready for alien contact. We can't even find peace among ourselves, greed overwhelms our leaders who instigate battle with other countries over pointless land or resource squabbles. Our role models and most respected in society are those who have accumulated the most wealth at the expense of the people around them. We have made insignificant social evolution to consider ourselves 'civilised', and the countries who claim to be the most civilised are the most guilty of inhumanity. We have made significant progress with technology but what do we do with these innovations, free up people's time so they can enjoy their lives, or feed the entire planet? No, we use our latest technologies to murder our brothers oversea. We are less than worthless to an alien race, they could never trust us as allies or equals and would probably avoid us like the plague, i would!!!
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garyproffitt3 wrote May 9, 2014 4:34:47 AM CEST
The bad news is that any aliens that do decide to contact us will be doing so for all
the wrong reasons and there will possibly be amongst the many robotic interstellar
drones the real chance of a set species that would view our planet with envy and
even consider a much closer study of us or even an abduction!
garyproffitt3 wrote May 9, 2014 4:29:51 AM CEST
Sometimes you have to think outside of your own sphere of understanding to accept
the possibilities that exist in the greater sphere of the universe...
garyproffitt3 wrote May 9, 2014 4:27:21 AM CEST
How do I know Aliens know about us but choose not to contact?
Well look at it like this way when man was busy exploring the world many centuries
we would jump on many new races and areas and not give a fig about illness
and bio contamination but as we became more knowledgeable and scientific we
discovered that contact is not always a god thing and when man discovered
a new lost tribe in south America it was decided that contact should be completely avoided
as our bugs and microbes that we carry with us would kill many of them off and our technology would
make them dependant on us and destroy there independence.
So if you consider the massive increase in risk between planets and there bio-diversity
that could cause great illnesses to either them or us and the huge advantages in technology
that would radically alter our own history you can see why they simply wont contact us!
Rachelwordsmith wrote May 9, 2014 1:44:40 AM CEST
Most people are brainwashed by social constructions lead by the media. Put simply, most people are either morons or willfully ignorant. Stupid people could not handle it and the psychopaths that run the world can't be trusted to do what is right for us or ET. If ET is smart enough to get here he is smart enough to look at us and know it's best to run the other way. A very small number of people have the critical thinking skills required to communicate with them-- it won't happen, independent thinkers are the enemy of our oligarch owners.
Kate Friday wrote May 8, 2014 8:36:24 PM CEST
Hi garyproffitt3, umh, do you have any proof to back up your conclusions on alien behaviours and capabilities? LOL
Kate Friday wrote May 8, 2014 8:32:08 PM CEST
I beg to differ. Try conducting this poll again asking people who have been working for a living.
Spikey wrote May 8, 2014 12:09:45 PM CEST
TINY sample of test subjects..university student does NOT equal intelligent test subject, at all.
And the truth that seems to elude the researcher, is staggeringly obvious...even the brightest, most
knowledgable among us, compared to the average technological ET only 1000 years ahead of us, will be akin to a dribbling ignorant idiot.
That's why we are certainly ready for contact...we need it to grow and learn.
Dribbling ignorant idiots usually need help to survive..Humanity will not survive without help.
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