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Re: How To Inform The Public of ET?

From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 10:19:03 -0400
Archived: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 14:31:54 -0500
Subject: Re: How To Inform The Public of ET?

>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 19:13:29 -0000
>Subject: Re: How To Inform The Public of ET?

>>From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 07:23:05 -0800
>>Subject: How To Inform The Public of ET?

>>Here's the scenario:

>>For arguement's sake there is intelligent life throughout the
>>universe. Most of the governments of the world are aware of this.

>>It has come time to make full disclosure.

>>You are the President of the United States, (or his boss), how
>>would you proceed in this matter? What would be the best way to
>>to inform the American public, and the people of the world?

>>Based on your answer, what do you feel the consequences would
>>be? Opinions please.

>Frank and List,

>Although not dealing with the specific scenario posed, the
>Declaration of Principle Concerning Activities Following the
>Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence is worth a look, and
>may be relevant. It can be found at:


>I'm fairly sure that most radio astronomers have signed up to
>it, and that it has some standing in the wider scientific
>community.  However, despite the good intentions, I very much
>doubt that things would work out quite as planned.

>Nick Pope

I agree with Nick, that things wouldn't go as planned. However,
there is a much bigger problem.....

Frank's question is very badly phrased because he hasn't defined
his terms. There is an enormous difference between life being
out there sending and receiving signals, but no threat
whatsoever to Earthlings, and saying ETs are visiting,
abducting, disposing of aircraft that attack them, etc. Sort of
like announcing a new tribe of cannibals was found in the wilds
of New Guinea, versus a new tribe of cannibals was found in
downtown Washington, DC.

The SETI cultists have long assumed there is life out there all
over the place, _but_ they are not coming here. Just listen long
enough (or finally, look for optical signals) and contact at a
distance will finally be made. Has no relevance compared to
advanced technological systems doing their thing here, crashing,
attacking on occasion, abducting Earthlings, etc.

Based on the reactions of my more than 700 lecture audiences and
hundreds of radio and TV audiences, I think the public can
handle news of contact. I would expect the bell-shaped curve of
reactions but life would go on.

If they are presented as nasty beings destroying our planet,
that would be another situation entirely.

One can't blame New Jerseyites for reacting badly to the Orson
Welles broadcast. Earthlings are not monolithic in their
responses to anything. Many religions preach that there is
intelligent life all over... even if Jerry Falwell says we are
the only ones. But surely radio contact is very different from
here and now.

Stan Friedman

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