Episode 580

Is Humanity Prepared To Discover Alien Life?

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October 25th, 2019

12 mins 57 secs

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About this Episode

People always ask me how I think humanity will react if we discover life somewhere out there in the Universe, whether it’s bacteria under the surface of Mars, a biosignature of alien life in the atmosphere of another world, or a radio signal from another civilization.

Will our civilization lose its collective mind and have a temper tantrum on a global scale? Will we become one of those purge planets from Rick and Morty?

Will the discovery suddenly end all religion, as we wait for guidance from our new alien overlords?

Will we gather together as a species to present a common front to whatever cosmic horrors await us beyond the Solar System?

In my opinion, if I could sum up the collective response in a single word, it would be: meh.

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References:
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/30/us/nasa-life-on-mars-jim-green-scn-trnd/index.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47015
https://archive.org/details/marsabodeoflife00loweiala/page/n8
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/im-convinced-we-found-evidence-of-life-on-mars-in-the-1970s/
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/meteorites/The_Meteorite.shtml
https://www.astrobio.net/mars/the-continuing-controversy-of-the-mars-meteorite/

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