from Exopolitics Website
There has been a flurry of recent stories by The Guardian and other major world media about the possible benefits or harm that may occur after contact with advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.
The stories were sparked by a scientific study published in the June/July edition of Acta Astronautica.
Titled, “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis” the study examines a number of scenarios concerning extraterrestrial contact.
It adopts the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) paradigm that intelligent extraterrestrial life has 'not yet' been discovered, and that scientific modalities such as radio signals are among the most feasible ways of establishing communications.
The study examines the
first established by Enrico Fermi, that alien life should be
abundant in our galaxy, but he asked “where are they?”
The last scenario examined is the Zoo hypothesis that Aliens may be studying us remotely or invisibly, reminiscent of the non-interference principle popularized by the Star Trek series as the Prime Directive.
The main purpose of the study (which I'll abbreviate as "A Scenario Analysis") is to answer the question:
In stressing the importance of the question, they go on to point out:
The authors go on to consider extraterrestrial ethics.
In response, the authors examine three broad motivations or ethics of extraterrestrials.
Basically, extraterrestrials would fall into categories of,
...leading to three broad scenarios.
Considerable discussion is given to each scenario, and the benefits or harm to humanity.
Of special interest is the possibility that universalist “good" extraterrestrials, may decide to wipe out humanity for a higher good such as preserving the eco-system.
where humanity is almost destroyed to protect the ecosystem.
This frightening scenario was vividly demonstrated in the 2008 remake of the Sci-Fi Classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still.
“Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis” is a very useful summary of a priori speculations about extraterrestrial life.
It is the latest in a series of scientific speculations about contact with extraterrestrial life.
Recent scientific discoveries such as,
...has stimulated scientific curiosity about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
This inevitably leads to questions about the motivations of advanced extraterrestrial life after contact with them is made by SETI or other means. What "A Scenario Analysis" fails to do is to actively engage with the more than abundant evidence that humanity is currently being visited by extraterrestrial life.
In the abstract, the authors categorically state:
Yet there is an incredible amount of physical evidence concerning sightings of UFOs under intelligent control displaying flight characteristics far above what is known to be possible in conventional or even classified aerospace research.
In addition, there are also numerous whistleblower reports concerning crashes of UFOs, and retrievals of extraterrestrial biological entities.
Finally, there are also first
hand witness reports of contacts, both voluntary and involuntary,
with extraterrestrial entities. Rather than acknowledge the
existence of such evidence, the scientific study chooses to dismiss
it altogether adopting the well known SETI perspective that no
extraterrestrial contact has yet been made.
The course, taught in the Exopolitics Institute, examines how a typology of extraterrestrial civilizations based on energy consumption might help us understand how different alien societies behave, and how the available literature helps illustrate this.
Another exopolitics course, both of
which begin in mid-September, “The Role of Hollywood and the Media
in the Disclosure Process,” examines how Hollywood is helping
prepare humanity for both the beneficial and harmful aspects of
various contact scenarios.
Encouraging scientific speculation on the basis of what can be deduced from NASA and other Space Agency press releases or peer reviewed scientific journals should not require an outright dismissal of the abundant literature from the fields of UFOlogy and exopolitics that extraterrestrial contact has already occurred.
The authors of "A Scenario Analysis" are explicitly advocating the very unscientific approach that a priori reasoning on the benefits and harm of extraterrestrial contact should be encouraged, while simultaneously dismissing all a posteriori evidence and arguments concerning the benefits and harm of such contact.
If the Zoo Hypothesis is the more
accurate answer to the Fermi Paradox, the authors of “A Scenario
Analysis” might have to acknowledge that they might be among the
majority of Zoo dwellers that have been kept in the dark by their
Zoo keepers about who might be watching them...