Pondering First Contact

March 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, human life issues, late night studies, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)

I just finished watching a program on The Science Channel; an episode of Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.  This show was particularly interesting because it focused on the idea of first contact with sentient extraterrestrial life.  The title of this episode was “Will We Survive First Contact?”.

Surely, that is an intriguing question, considering the depth of the subject.  Think of the idea of our species, our planet, finally and legitimately connecting with a race of sentient beings that are not of this Earth.  What would they look like?  How would they sound?  What would they be thinking when they came to the realization of our existence?  Would they be friends, or would they be foes?

Scientific input brings forth the recogniztion of the possibility of sentient extraterrestrial life through the use of The Drake Equation.   Dr. Frank Drake created a mathematic equation to present an estimate of how many worlds throughout space could exist, while having the ability to communicate with us.  Dr. Drake concluded that roughly 10,000 civilizations possibly could exist within our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Dr. Drake’s equations have been included within the works of S.E.T.I..  This organization is dedicated to finding sentient life that exists beyond our Planet Earth.  It works with a series of telescopes across North America, which are used to detect signals from regions beyond our solar system.  The SETI Institute itself is located at Mountain View, California.

Certainly, it would be difficult to come to terms with the idea of connecting with a race of beings from another world.  The truth is that we can not cooperate with one another as members of the same species, living on the same planet.  It must be concluded that any manner of attempted connection with someone, something, from another world eventually would involve some levels of strife.  Yet, once all of the madness settled, and the fact that there is life beyond Earth is recognized, how would we proceed to cope with such an unfamiliar horizon?

If we found these beings to be friendly, how long would it be before we exposed the infamous dark side of our human nature?  What levels of lesser humanity would we present to these beings, and for how long would we continue with this action?  If we found that we are able to exploit them because of some levels of superiority that we possess, would we do it?  If our actions lead to the initiation of a negative response from the other beings, would we attempt to make amends before creating an enemy like none other?

These questions could go on and on, as I find this to be such an intensely fascinating subject. I will record the program the next time that it airs, while doing some more online research about the topic.  If I get the enthusiasm, I likely will put together another blog entry that is related to the details that I find. Meanwhile, there are several websites with information about this topic!

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