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Monday, 23 March 2015 06:00

What if we still are not alone in the Universe, contrary to the Fermi paradox? What if we, according to our plans, still hear them, see contact them, contact us, we will arrive to the "guests" with

distant worlds? Such an event would be tantamount to the birth of the new world religion - all others will lose some strength. We are not alone. We will have to live with that fact. What will be the consequences of a successful

Contact with extraterrestrial life?

If you watched the sci-fi classic 1951 "The Day the Earth Stood Still," you remember the scene when in Washington landed flying saucer, and it comes from an alien

Klaatu. In his hand he has something resembling earthly weapons. Once in Klaatu shot soldiers from the plate out a robot easily deals with soldiers and tank turns into scrap metal.

Wounded Klaatu rises to show that in his hand he had a miniature telescope, able to look into space farther than Earth Observatory. Free text:

"It was a gift. For your president. (Sadly looks at the broken object). With it, he could observe the life on other planets. "

Well, it's just a movie. The paradox is that the scene could well be real, we entered into contact with the aliens, who are likely to be far more advanced than we are. We are afraid

aliens, believing that they can conquer us or completely destroyed, and at least believe that they were friendly and just want to share with us their knowledge.

In 1995, Stephen Dick of the US Naval Observatory wrote that the discovery of extraterrestrial civilization will have the same breathtaking impact on science and our understanding of reality as

Greek science discovery by Europeans in the 12-13 centuries, or the discoveries of Copernicus in the early 1500's, that the Sun, not the Earth is at the center of our solar system.

Many scholars, however, believe that aliens overdeveloped type makes no sense to conquer us. Civilization of this type is unlikely to want to visit or conquer us, as in the movie "The Day

independence ", where such a civilization spreads across the galaxy like locusts, capturing the planet, one after another, and draining their resources dryness. In fact, in the infinite space

number of dead planets with rich mineral resources, and can be freely assemble without contacting stubborn locals. The ratio of this type of civilization to us

could be compared with our attitude toward the ants and ant-hill. We're not going to lean over the anthill and offer its inhabitants beads and other trinkets; rather, we simply will not

pay attention to them.

    "For ants main danger is not that people suddenly want to invade or destroy an anthill ant genus. The main danger is that anthill hurt people, and it just

casually demolished. Do not forget that if we talk about power consumption, the distance between the civilization of this type and our civilization zero type is much greater than that between us and the ants "-

Michio Kaku wrote in "Physics of the Impossible."

Any kind of intelligent life, with which we have to face to face or not, can be divided into three types.


Contact with friendly aliens

If aliens are more advanced than we are, and if they would be interested in helping us, they will open up many opportunities our civilization. They could teach us math and

sciences, to provide solutions to intractable problems like hunger, poverty, disease and so on. While it may seem that this option rather wishful thinking, it is quite

fits into one of the explanations for the Fermi paradox. That is, if technologically advanced aliens exist, where are they, why are there still not colonized the earth?

One explanation implies that if the nature of all sentient beings is exponential growth, it is as a result can destroy species, for example, in the course of man-made disasters.

The converse states that if intelligent beings exist long enough to go through us, they certainly understand something in stable ecosystems. They are unlikely to colonize our

planet for resources, as this could lead to the extinction of our species. If people were a little smarter, they also turned their views on the nature, which killed and pants.

But this level of development, we have not yet reached, although closer to him. aliens of this level can visit us at least out of curiosity, but not for destruction. And if they do not want

equip their colonies here or survive us from the planet, most likely, they will help us.

There are several areas of our development, which can significantly aggravated by contact with an extraterrestrial civilization:

1. Traveling great distances. It is assumed that the aliens who visit our planet will arrive from nowhere, breaking a long distance. The closest potentially habitable

the planet is at least 13 light years from us. We can assume that aliens will use technology similar to the warp engine that predicted Miguel Alcubierre and which

developed in the laboratory of NASA, or anything else that lies beyond human imagination. Do aliens may also be anti-gravity technology, if you believe that

UFOs can perform impossible stunts (well, omit that their existence has not been proven). Of course, the alien guests would like to share with us new


2. Improvement of our biology. People are gradually getting used to the ideas of transhumanism - developing exoskeletons and electronic devices such as implantable microchips improving

vision. But if there is a reasonable view of extraterrestrial longer have even a few thoUSAnd years, they could become fully post-biological beings whose brains are merging

natural and artificial intelligence.

Perhaps they do not even need a body - they are living in cars of its own design (let's hope that they do not like the "Terminator" Arnold Schwarzenegger - that would be too weird). This is in

2006 all spoke the same NASA scientist Stephen Dick. We could make a qualitative transition to the future with the help of transhumanist devices aliens. Or join with them in


3. The healing environment. It is likely that aliens with a much more advanced civilization mastered planetary design - the ability to make important changes and special

environment. They could help us fill holes in our atmosphere and reverse the destructive process of climate change.

The nearest to us intelligent life may be thoUSAnds of light-years away, but the aliens with the shape of the structure close to our own, most likely at one time passed through the same stages of development as we do. And

not assume that they have moved to a low carbon economy before they Biosphere collapsed into pieces.

Astronomers and Adam Frank Woodruff Sullivan believe that when it comes to crises of the 21st century - global warming, ocean acidification, the sixth mass extinction - these issues quite

can be in space. Most likely, there has happened more than once. Perhaps we are not the first intelligent species, which balances between stability and self-destruction.

4. Conflict Resolution. International conflicts kill people much less than in the past - every year until 2010 by war died about 55 000 people. This is one third of deaths from accidents

cases in 1980. But people still want to kill each other: according to various estimates, and according to the UN, in 2011, around the world has been committed 468,000 murders. If intelligent extraterrestrial species lives

longer than us, they certainly created a deadly technology, at least as powerful as ours, well, or build a "Death star", which earthlings do not have enough money. However, further

development of civilization would have to lead to conflict resolution without violence. We could ask them to share with us this method, well or make us stop killing

their own kind.

Remarkably, many theorists of extraterrestrial life converge on one point: if in space, and there is a coalition of intelligent aliens of different races in this coalition, for harmonious its existence,

accepted civilization attained a certain level of technical development, understanding of the world and the main thing - to stop the internecine war. What we in the near future does not shine.

Contact malicious aliens

Obviously, the chances that intelligent life, with which we will be able to contact, would be cute and fluffy, low. Many scientists - among them Stephen Hawking - believe that trying dokrichatsya

unknown person on the other end of the galaxy - that still entice danger to himself. Indeed, as one can try to be naive to believe that the aliens find a common language with useless

view, as we are not choosing to problems of war, disease, aging, killing each other and the animals concerned only his own skin and money. Selfishness may well be a phenomenon of the Universe

scales. But suppose we were not lucky and we reach out to heinous and vile Zerg who want to wipe out our species.

The following options for the following:

1. The aliens are trying to colonize or destroy us, but we successfully defend ourselves

This option is probably the most popular. Of all the books, movies, comic books, which depicted such a "war of the worlds", we always came out victorious, thanks to its flexible mind or

flUKe. aliens may not be ready to microbial life that is present everywhere in the world (and no one knows who the real owner of the land - we or microbes), lives with us

symbiosis and can fight back. In this case, we are obsessed with for the most part a moral victory. Although, if their warlike technologies something left, we may well benefit, untwisted

on the screws and carefully studying their instruments of death.

2. They will kill us zanesya extraterrestrial virus

Although we often think about aliens who deliberately want to destroy humanity, there is a chance that they hurt us quite by accident, bringing unknown diseases on the planet,

which have nothing to oppose our immunity. Similarly, they can ruin our ecosystem, bringing with him the most aggressive types of different sizes, sometimes imperceptible, or

destabilize our society by giving us advanced technology, which we simply are not ready.

3. aliens like us, only worse

It is possible that at some point in the evolution of species, they become more moral and less selfish. But if it happens, we talked about this do not know yet. It is likely that the inherent selfishness

all sentient beings. Geographer Jared Diamond believes that the optimistic scenario of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations is unlikely:

"Astronomers and others hope that the aliens, admiring our intelligence zavedut us small talk. Perhaps, astronomers are right, and it will be the best scenario. But it will be much worse

if the aliens behave in the same way as is any reasonable view, revealing a previously unknown form of life on earth, from a stranger to a chimpanzee or gorilla. What do we do? Correctly as

and we, the aliens may try to kill us, to infect, to divide, conquer, expel, enslave us, shove in museums and marinate our skulls for their medical studies. My opinion

such that those astronomers who are going to send radio signals to the strangers come naive and dangerous. "

Some astronomers recognize that aliens might be friendly, but chances are that we eat, sent to space circus, forced to fight each other, much higher. Is it worth it

the risk?

4. They will destroy us by chance

This scenario assumes that the aliens will have a universalist ethics or certain principles that have intrinsic value in themselves and do not depend on whether they are useful

certain types or not (people usually do not fall into this category). We associate with free universalism peaceful creatures, as they have no reason to make us sick simply because

we are the "others". Nevertheless, the danger and intentions aliens are entirely determined by their value system. You may be familiar with the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", which

aliens trying to destroy the earth simply because she was on the way Hyperspace.

5. They will destroy us because they think we're awful

Regardless of whether they deem that we threaten their mind or not, extraterrestrial intelligence with universalist thinking can destroy us, because we can be a danger to others

civilizations. We tend to step on any civilization that is less technologically advanced than ours, and this tendency may lead to a violation of the universal ecosystem.

Until we learn to behave, we have nothing to do in the galactic community. The best option, in my opinion, is to sit quietly and listen to the silence of space hoping to hear or see traces

other busy worlds. And, of course, you need to solve the problems at home.



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