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2012-11-08 09:09:36 AM
Thank you, BBC, for being the brave, unflinching protector of human civilization.
 
2012-11-08 09:21:54 AM
Makes sense to me. I mean, it's stupid that this would happen, but if we revealed that alien life did exist, there would probably be a considerable amount of global panic, for no real reason. so, probably best not to let that information out via a live TV show.
 
2012-11-08 09:31:01 AM
imageshack.us
 
2012-11-08 09:34:39 AM
I'm not sure I want a highly advanced civilization to know about us, if you know what I mean. They might decide to.... do something about it.
 
2012-11-08 09:50:10 AM
I'm not sure how much of it I believe. The Daily Mail hates the BBC and takes any opportunity to make them look stupid, and "health n' safety" is a standard thing people blame when told they can't do anything, usually as a jab.

That said, it's not entirely unbelievable. I'm so conflicted.
 
2012-11-08 10:34:18 AM
"Look, you're British, so scale it down a bit."
 
2012-11-08 11:08:58 AM

Slaxl: I'm not sure how much of it I believe.


straight from the horse's mouth, as it were

/long story short: it's bollocks
 
2012-11-08 11:16:29 AM
The stargazing part of Stargazing Live is pretty cool. The first episode shows how easy it is to spot Jupiter and its moons.

Unfortunately, that takes only a small part of the show. Most of the rest of it is a fairly modest budget Discovery Channel episode. The few sections where they show how to do stargazing and how to take amateur photos with the telescope are pretty good.
 
2012-11-08 11:21:41 AM
Considering the way the British Empire treated new found civilizations in the past, I think the BBC has a point.
 
2012-11-08 12:53:53 PM

serial_crusher: Makes sense to me. I mean, it's stupid that this would happen, but if we revealed that alien life did exist, there would probably be a considerable amount of global panic, for no real reason. so, probably best not to let that information out via a live TV show.


Don't worry, the religious nuts have already planned an answer
 
2012-11-08 12:55:48 PM

mysterybox: Considering the way the British Empire treated new found civilizations in the past, I think the BBC has a point.


THIS

Unless someone would like to point out any first contact between two major cultures on earth that DIDN'T end up sucking for the less advanced side?
 
2012-11-08 01:03:34 PM
gatesthecomic.com
I'm not saying it's the nanny state but it's the nanny state
 
2012-11-08 01:07:15 PM
You mean somebody in Britain actually saw the movie Battleship and paid attention?
 
2012-11-08 01:20:37 PM
Q: Where did the name Threapleton Holmes B come from?

A: He was Sherlock's other, less well known, brother. He is only remembered now for his attempts to popularise putting a person's middle initial after their surname.
 
2012-11-08 01:24:17 PM

Tr0mBoNe: [imageshack.us image 300x300]


Kind of what I thought of as well.
 
2012-11-08 01:26:09 PM

mysterybox: Considering the way the British Empire treated new found civilizations in the past, I think the BBC has a point.


Do you think they have a flag?

www.freedomsphoenix.com

/no flag, no country...
 
2012-11-08 01:37:08 PM
If he gets invited to a spaghetti and meatball dinner, it's only days till the bugs have us nuke everything.

/obscure?
 
2012-11-08 01:40:06 PM
If there is intelligent life out in space, it's probably reading books and minding its own business.
 
2012-11-08 01:41:38 PM
Well, we do not want to suddenly be wiped out by a virulent disease contracted from their dirty phones.
 
2012-11-08 01:46:14 PM
www.noisetosignal.org

...because there's bugger all down here on earth
 
2012-11-08 01:50:37 PM
Things can only get better.
 
2012-11-08 02:10:46 PM
I still worry about finding intelligent life on Earth.

/Science... How does it work?
 
2012-11-08 02:19:46 PM
You could start with "hello".

hgsblogs.co.uk

/You have to start with hello!
 
2012-11-08 02:46:20 PM

Maul555: mysterybox: Considering the way the British Empire treated new found civilizations in the past, I think the BBC has a point.

Do you think they have a flag?

[www.freedomsphoenix.com image 430x306]

/no flag, no country...


www.gargaro.com
 
2012-11-08 02:49:55 PM

serial_crusher: Makes sense to me. I mean, it's stupid that this would happen, but if we revealed that alien life did exist, there would probably be a considerable amount of global panic, for no real reason. so, probably best not to let that information out via a live TV show.


I keep hearing that refrain, but, honestly, who would panic? Do you know anyone who would flip out other than the crazies who already flip out about Reptilians and such? It's not War of the Worlds Radio anymore.
 
2012-11-08 02:58:54 PM

madgonad: mysterybox: Considering the way the British Empire treated new found civilizations in the past, I think the BBC has a point.

THIS

Unless someone would like to point out any first contact between two major cultures on earth that DIDN'T end up sucking for the less advanced side?


Well the native Americans were introduced to alcohol and blankets and now they have casinos. So they picked up a few pointers.
 
2012-11-08 04:48:14 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I'm not sure I want a highly advanced civilization to know about us, if you know what I mean. They might decide to.... do something about it.


Not to cause alarm or anything, but any civilization within reach of Cox's (hypothetical) signals is already picking up our TV and radio signals.

...in which case they probably think we're dumb as rocks ...
 
2012-11-08 05:01:22 PM
People who should be allowed to talk to aliens:

Nation leaders.
Military leaders.
Science leaders.
Religious leaders.

People who should not be allowed to talk to aliens:
Comedians.
Reporters.
Anyone associated with a major news media outlet.
Talk show hosts.
Bloggers.
Political, Religious or atheistic zealots.
Drunks.
 
2012-11-08 05:16:25 PM

way south: People who should be allowed to talk to aliens:

Nation leaders.
Military leaders.
Science leaders.
Religious leaders.
Slaxl

People who should not be allowed to talk to aliens:
Comedians.
Reporters.
Anyone associated with a major news media outlet.
Talk show hosts.
Bloggers.
Political, Religious or atheistic zealots.
Drunks.


Yeh, cmon, be reasonable.
 
2012-11-08 05:36:20 PM

Uncle Tractor: Marcus Aurelius: I'm not sure I want a highly advanced civilization to know about us, if you know what I mean. They might decide to.... do something about it.

Not to cause alarm or anything, but any civilization within reach of Cox's (hypothetical) signals is already picking up our TV and radio signals.

...in which case they probably think we're dumb as rocks ...


They might think our tv is high culture, not having their own Shakespeare
 
2012-11-08 05:55:45 PM

Slaxl: way south: People who should be allowed to talk to aliens:

Nation leaders.
Military leaders.
Science leaders.
Religious leaders.
Slaxl

People who should not be allowed to talk to aliens:
Comedians.
Reporters.
Anyone associated with a major news media outlet.
Talk show hosts.
Bloggers.
Political, Religious or atheistic zealots.
Drunks.

Yeh, cmon, be reasonable.


I think I am.
Not all religious leaders are extremists, and having someone like the Dali lama in a philosophical exchange with aliens could be very insightful.

/And if aliens ask about that Jesus guy they dropped off a few millennia ago, I think the pope should answer that...
/you're on the no talk list. You've been tainted by the Internet!
 
2012-11-08 07:56:05 PM
The Daily Mail hates the BBC (and they own a big chunk of ITN, competitors to BBC News, though they never admit to that conflict of interest...) so that's why they take comments made as a joke and try to spin it as a genuine BBC policy, and why lots of typical Daily Mail readers believe it and post comments calling for the BBC to be scrapped.
 
2012-11-08 09:05:30 PM
As long as you follow discovery protocol, there's no problem with discovering a communicating alien civilization.

You are not allowed to ANSWER per UN treaty.

Really.
 
2012-11-09 12:23:37 AM
I once had lunch with a bunch of aliens in Juarez. Wait, I was the alien.
 
2012-11-09 04:29:31 AM

OhioKnight: As long as you follow discovery protocol, there's no problem with discovering a communicating alien civilization.

You are not allowed to ANSWER per UN treaty.

Really.


Are we lowly mortals bound by that treaty? It might be a bit rude if it comes down and says hello and we don't respond. It might think it landed on a planet of mute, malleable slaves.
 
2012-11-09 05:49:42 AM

Slaxl: OhioKnight: As long as you follow discovery protocol, there's no problem with discovering a communicating alien civilization.

You are not allowed to ANSWER per UN treaty.

Really.

Are we lowly mortals bound by that treaty? It might be a bit rude if it comes down and says hello and we don't respond. It might think it landed on a planet of mute, malleable slaves.


The UN is an elitist group.
When their thinking about what the common man might say to an alien on first contact, they'd probably prefer he not say anything at all.

/myself; considering the gravity of the situation, I'm not sure anyone is pre qualified to speak for mankind.
/I'd be satisfied so long as the people chosen are people who won't be dicks.
/$50 says the first thing said to an alien is "AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
/fortunately, this will be the universal greeting among alien species.
 
2012-11-09 08:04:56 AM
Lets hope they don't meet Dogbert.

dilbert.com

/Hotlinked.
 
2012-11-09 05:08:34 PM
"BBC presenter told he can not contact newly discovered planet because aliens might answer his hail. Seriously"

Only one flaw with this story: It's not true. Here's the original story which makes it perfectly clear that the piece did actually run. As Brian Cox's co-host said "A little comedic license from Brian there..."
 
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