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What effect would extraterrestrial contact have on mankind?


Drogheda445

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An incredibly hypothetical question, of course. Considering that there is no known evidence of any contact with extraterrestrials there is doubt over whether they even exist, at least in our neck of the woods. But presuming that we do one day, probably through radio, come across signals that we can be definite are extraterrestrial? Face to face contact itself would be difficult, of course, but what would be the ramifications of such a discovery? What effects would it have on our cultures, on our politics, on our religions, and more importantly, on how we view each other and our place in the Universe. Or would their be any sort of impact whatsoever?

In my opinion it would profoundly affect our view of ourselves, particularly in terms of philosophy. Many religions place emphasis on the importance of humanity, and if an intelligent species from beyond Earth is discovered (one that is probably far more advanced and intelligent than us), I believe religions will have to make huge changes and/or possibly rebrand themselves altogether. In terms of our culture (hence why I put this thread in the Culture section) I believe it would be very humbling for us, and our views of ourselves and the Universe would change massively.

What are your thoughts?
 


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Potentially good thread but you had to start it tonight?? It will drown with all the Anglo drama!
 

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Depends what fleg they are flying.
 

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'Make contact with other beings? The democrats and republicans cannot even talk to each other!' Jacques Fresco

I have no doubt, no doubt at all, that Christians and Muslims would be screaming that aliens were mentioned in the Bible and the Qur'an. Some Muslims make the claim that the internet was predicted in the Qur'an.
 

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An incredibly hypothetical question, of course. Considering that there is no known evidence of any contact with extraterrestrials there is doubt over whether they even exist, at least in our neck of the woods. But presuming that we do one day, probably through radio, come across signals that we can be definite are extraterrestrial? Face to face contact itself would be difficult, of course, but what would be the ramifications of such a discovery? What effects would it have on our cultures, on our politics, on our religions, and more importantly, on how we view each other and our place in the Universe. Or would their be any sort of impact whatsoever?

In my opinion it would profoundly affect our view of ourselves, particularly in terms of philosophy. Many religions place emphasis on the importance of humanity, and if an intelligent species from beyond Earth is discovered (one that is probably far more advanced and intelligent than us), I believe religions will have to make huge changes and/or possibly rebrand themselves altogether. In terms of our culture (hence why I put this thread in the Culture section) I believe it would be very humbling for us, and our views of ourselves and the Universe would change massively.

What are your thoughts?

never been to roscommon then? despite the best efforts of many counties around them to help they continue on their merry way. I suspect that man would be the same post an alien intelligence visiting
 

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We'd be bloody sick of those 5 notes from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"...
 
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If they successfully logged on here as their first form of contact:

Myself and Cruimh would ask them about their cooking technology;
Gerhard and TFM would furiously deny that there was any problem with Catholicism and would subtly try to determine whether they had gay marriage on their planet;
Blokesbloke would spam them with photos of a certain former Presidential candidate;
Cato would ask them what their particular cradle of civilisation was:
GatsbyGirl20 would remind them in perfectly-formed sentences of how vital education was to a planet:
Tommy O'Brien would send them a wall of text explaining every single political system on Earth and how the media interacts with them:
The rest would complain about Pravda, Seanie, Bond-holders, and Anglo-Irish.
Oh, and FFers.

The Alien4Fun account would be left dormant with just one post and a couple of random Likes.

And maybe an infraction from the mods for not starting the thread in the "Chat" forum.
 

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I have no doubt, no doubt at all, that Christians and Muslims would be screaming that aliens were mentioned in the Bible and the Qur'an. Some Muslims make the claim that the internet was predicted in the Qur'an.
You don't have to look past Genesis, there's an odd sentence about Sons of God taking daughters of man as wives. Also, one of them Old Testamony prophets describes cherubim or something with a wagon-like vehicle thingy. Can't remember which one.
 

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My question is, how long would it be before someone tried to make porn with them. :(
 

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If they successfully logged on here as their first form of contact:

Myself and Cruimh would ask them about their cooking technology;
Gerhard and TFM would furiously deny that there was any problem with Catholicism and would subtly try to determine whether they had gay marriage on their planet;
Blokesbloke would spam them with photos of a certain former Presidential candidate;
Cato would ask them what their particular cradle of civilisation was:
GatsbyGirl20 would remind them in perfectly-formed sentences of how vital education was to a planet:
Tommy O'Brien would send them a wall of text explaining every single political system on Earth and how the media interacts with them:
The rest would complain about Pravda, Seanie, Bond-holders, and Anglo-Irish.
Oh, and FFers.

The Alien4Fun account would be left dormant with just one post and a couple of random Likes.

And maybe an infraction from the mods for not starting the thread in the "Chat" forum.
We in South Kerry would ask them whether the spaceship driver was bound by terrestrial drink driving legislation.
 

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Which "neck of the woods" do you have in mind?

My (south) side or "de far syde"?
 
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We in South Kerry would ask them whether the spaceship driver was bound by terrestrial drink driving legislation.
Which would be a damned relevant question!
 

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All the tourist spots in Ireland would immediately double their rates so as to fleece the new arrivals as quickly as possible. Oprah Winfrey would again come out of retirement to interview them.Enda Kenny would ask them if they have any spare cash on their planet. God help them if they touched down on Irish soil, they would be enlisted as citizens and sent a bill for household charge and be forced into giving the powers that be permission to inspect their sewerage treatment system. Youth Defence would immediately despatch their best to convert the unsuspecting aliens to Christianity.
 

Drogheda445

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I suppose it would be a bit like the Spanish arriving in the Americas.
When I mean contact I don't mean physically greeting them, but being able to receive a message from them (they wouldn't know we were receiving it, remember).

But you are right, and unless they were benevolent, which we wouldn't know for sure, we would probably be vulnerable to them, considering any advanced technology they would have.
 

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All the tourist spots in Ireland would immediately double their rates so as to fleece the new arrivals as quickly as possible. Oprah Winfrey would again come out of retirement to interview them.Enda Kenny would ask them if they have any spare cash on their planet. God help them if they touched down on Irish soil, they would be enlisted as citizens and sent a bill for household charge and be forced into giving the powers that be permission to inspect their sewerage treatment system. Youth Defence would immediately despatch their best to convert the unsuspecting aliens to Christianity.
And they would be asked if they had any Irish relatives on the Late Late.:D
 
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Given events tonight, RTE would be showing Grease II while Vincent Browne harangued them about their economy.
 

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