…yet it is something scientists have pondered: Whether it is wise to send signals into outer space so that alien races might find them and therefore find us.
Again: Is that a wise thing to do?
As presented in this article by Ellie Abraham on indy100.com, some scientists feel this is not a wise thing to do…
If you’ve followed my writings, you know about my Corrosive Knights series and, well, what its ultimately about (not SPOILERS!).
The idea of an alien race finding out about us, one optimistically hopes, would be a good thing, that we would engage with a more advanced race and together make our way into the stars.
Of course, any race that can make it to Earth would have to be a more advanced race than ours, at least at this point. The furthest we’ve made it to taking humans ”out there” is the Moon, though we have sent automated/robot vessels to other planets within our solar system, including Pluto.
So this theoretical alien race which might get our signal and therefore might come visit us, we hope, is a peaceful one…
What if it isn’t?
I know, I know… it sounds like science fiction and all, but assuming there is a race out there that hears our signal and has the means to visit us, what’s to say it isn’t a warrior race?
What’s to say it isn’t a race with bad intentions toward any other alien races?
The bottom line is… I feel this is a legitimate concern. We want to find other alien races out there. We like the idea that we’re not alone out there. But we simply have no idea what may happen if/when we do get in touch with them.
It might be a beautiful thing.
But it might be something tragic.