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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

"When ‘Oumuamua, a mysterious interstellar object, swept through our solar system last October, it elicited breathless news stories all asking the obvious question—is it a spaceship? There were no signs it was—although many people seemed to hope otherwise.

Throughout history most strange new cosmic phenomena have made us wonder: Could this be it, the moment we first face alien life? The expectation isn't necessarily outlandish—many scientists can and do make elaborate, evidence-based arguments that we will eventually discover life beyond the bounds of our planet. To true believers, what may be more uncertain is whether or not such news would cause global panic—which depends on how our minds, so greatly influenced by our Earthly environment and society, would perceive the potential threat of something utterly outside our familiar context…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 9:47 p.m. PST

Ready? Nope, not even non-intelligent Alien life.

Dan
PS. That said, there will be plenty of Tiffanys on rooftops holding up welcome signs.
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 10:00 p.m. PST

How much pessimism!…(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 3:12 a.m. PST

I don't think the aliens are that optimistic about us either. Maybe that's why they've never made any contact. They just didn't want to. :)

Dan

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Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

It's going to be one of three things.

- We get proof that aliens exist on the same day President Oprah Winfrey appoints Adam Sandler as vice president and nobody notices.

- We get proof and half the planet associates them with weird random new age crap and the other half goes on a theological rampage and declares holy war on the unbelievers. The two collide and we wipe ourselves out but not before we send them a message and leave the aliens to wonder why we never replied to their answer.

- We get proof and the whole planet collectively shrugs because they can't even grasp the magnitude of the discovery.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

Ha-Ha-Ha….


Amicalement
Armand

Palewarrior08 Mar 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

Yes we are ready.
I mean it's not like we get distressed if we have to deal with someone who looks a bit different, or who thinks differently to us… :-/

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

How often has a society with limited technology done well when contacted by a society with greatly advanced technology?

Personally, I don't think there is life anywhere else in the universe, and I'm okay with that.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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Oberlindes Sol LIC08 Mar 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

Inasmuch as our world is considered by the Grays to be "an aperture in the ground for depositing fecal matter" (rough translation), because it is "so permeated by corruption, violence, and self-destruction" that "its own natives call their home 'Dirt'," I don't expect that any alien civilizations will actually make official contact with us.

It appears that the aliens gave up on trying to help us some 13,000 years ago, if you follow the Ancient Aliens programs. Current contacts such as abductions are just research or, more likely, tourism.

The closest thing to official contact that we'll ever have will be refugees with no other options, like in the movie District 9.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Who know … if enough expectant mothers get excited about Oumuamua now, and the name becomes wildly popular, perhaps we'll have a President by that name one day.

Dan

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Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 2:36 a.m. PST

OK there is a fifth option where we discover that we are fundamentally the same and start comparing notes on whose planet is shittiest …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

(big smile)

Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 4:57 a.m. PST

I say we were already contract. So far no one has been able to explain the Washington Flap of 1952. They were picked up on multiple radars. Witnessed by 100's of people and even filmed back in the day before special effects. Plus military planes tried to intercept and chased the objects.

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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART10 Mar 2018 5:53 a.m. PST

What does it matter? Currently, The true believers are waiting for the non-believers to catch up with them, irrespective of evidence to the contrary. If the Martians did show up there would be a huge amount of skeptics who would deny it irrespective of evidence to the contrary.

Any excuse for a good conspiracy theory…..

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