It came from outer space to pickle our brains

English: Alien Contact

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Hell, I am never going to shine a torch into the night sky again.

That minuscule shaft of light, might just be noticed and invite something to visit.

Read this study, that appeared in a journal, and you might come around to my way of thinking.

You see, there are a whole lot of people out there who think that contact with extra terrestrials will be a chummy encounter.

But a bunch of academics say think again they even issue a warning.

“My own view is that those astronomers now preparing again

to beam radio signals out to hoped-for extraterrestrials are naïve, even dangerous”, they write.

The academics are Seth Baum, Jacob Haqq-Misra and Shawn Domagal-Goldman. They wrote a paper titled “Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis,” that appeared recently in the journal Acta Astronautica.

They paint the scenario of what might happen when our interstellar neighbours come visiting. It is a meeting that could be friendly. Them arriving from across the galaxy and solving our most pressing problems like poverty and war. But what if they are not friendly.

The authors write: “A less pleasant prospect is that the extraterrestrials might behave the

way we intelligent beings have behaved whenever we have discovered other previously

unknown intelligent beings on earth, like unfamiliar humans or chimpanzees and gorillas.

Just as we did to those beings, the extraterrestrials might proceed to kill, infect, dissect,

conquer, displace or enslave us, stuff us as specimens for their museums or pickle our skulls

and use us for medical research.”

And it might even be worse.

They suggest that we could end up the entertainment. Jesters in an alien court, a million light years from home.

“Or perhaps human beings have some relatively uncommon talent, of which they are

themselves entirely unaware. J. B. S. Haldane once pointed out to me that sea lions and seals

have a remarkable ability to balance a rubber ball on their noses, which is part of the reason

we maintain them in captivity.”

To give the human race a fighting chance the three suggest that if there is contact, we must not share details of our biology and DNA structure, information that could be used to destroy us. Also we mustn’t give them the impression that we are heading out and expanding into the universe and giving our new neighbours a bit competition.



About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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3 Responses to It came from outer space to pickle our brains

  1. kenneth douglas elliott says:

    i am looking for smillie cousins contecting to margareta grieve smillie grebb

    • margaret and olliver james grieve jr and orilla brisbin
      merwin grieve and mildren lean
      donna grieve and evan elliott
      kenneth elliott and donald elliott

    • HiKenneth
      I dont know of a margareta. My line is my father John Smillie, his father is William Findlay Smillie, my great grand father was John Smillie, his father Robert Smillie, his father my great great great grandfather Joseph Smillie. His father William Smillie.
      Where did Margareta come from?
      regards Shaun

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