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(Huffington Post UK)   Humans, YOU can't handle the truth about aliens   (huffingtonpost.co.uk) divider line 30
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2014-05-06 09:41:55 PM
8 votes:
Humans are not yet ready to make contact with intelligent aliens, a study suggests.

Humans are not yet ready to make contact with intelligent humans.
2014-05-06 09:28:59 PM
4 votes:
Most lacked awareness of many aspects of astronomy and their views were coloured by religion.

That's what happens when you include Americans in your survey.
2014-05-07 12:35:19 AM
3 votes:
Issues that would arise if aliens came to Earth:

- Aliens would spread their religion and some Earth people would be annoyed. Others would join in
- Humans and Aliens might want to marry and some people would think it's unnatural and should be illegal
- One alien will do something bad and suddenly a group of humans will think all aliens are bad
- Humans will be dissappointed if aliens don't have answers to all of life's mysteries and are generally flawed
- Some humans will be afraid aliens want to install their alien laws here on earth
- Alien history would be taught in schools.
- There would be conspiracy theories that they are not really aliens, but are government something or others
- Some people would kill themselves. Others would want to kill the aliens
- We'll use alien technology for bad things
- Youtube and twitter will crash from all the uploads about aliens
- A world wide national holiday will be added to the calendar to mark the day the aliens came
- Another one will be added if we get into a war with them and win
- Somebody will propose having a reality show about them
- Fashion will adapt to match anything cool they are wearing
- We'll watch Alien tv shows and read alien stories and think they are weird, but cool
- Alien diseases will spread and people will get sick
- I would expect to see "Living with Aliens is communism" signs somewhere
- "Now we can have a REAL miss universe contest" jokes would ensue

Okay I did not expect my list to get this long ..... better just stop now....
2014-05-06 09:59:11 PM
3 votes:
There's nothing "scientific" about a study involving 116 people. To be considered in any way reliable or accurate you have to have a minimum of 1000 people involved.

Not only that, but that's only 38 people per country! You mean to tell me that he couldn't find more than 38 people to participate in each country? Not only is the total number flawed, but clearly the individual locations are flawed as well.

His margin of error is AT LEAST 10 percent, assuming absolutely no sample bias from location.....

I really hate it when "science" like this gets published. Half expected this to be from the Daily Mail, but HP does it a lot as well. Pathetic.
2014-05-06 09:44:01 PM
3 votes:
What does university student's knowledge of astronomy have to do with "being ready" for extra terrestrial contact?
2014-05-06 09:41:34 PM
3 votes:
We're not even prepared for things that we know will happen. Why would we be prepared for more distant possibilities?
2014-05-07 10:42:21 AM
2 votes:

brimed03: machoprogrammer: Repo Man: Maybe all of the fundie freaks would commit mass suicide.

Do you people have to bring up religion in every thread?

They're pretty extremist about the need to criticize religion. Like it's a fundamental belief for them or something.


or maybe it's current affairs on a current affairs site discussing how the world would react to 'Aliens', with quite a few people who make up that world being religious, and many religions proffering that this world is special to God, concluding that there is no other life out there, I'd say that the subject of Religion is not only valid here, but congruent with the question asked (not to mention the FACT that TFA, and the 'study' both raise the question, too)

So, now what? How can I help you fix your pile of straw on the floor?
2014-05-07 08:36:15 AM
2 votes:
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2014-05-06 10:51:17 PM
2 votes:
I'm one of "Those People"  I'll believe they exist when I meet them, so never.


Just because something is possible doesn't mean it exists.
Just because something is probable doesn't mean it exists.
Proof is proof speculation is nothing.
2014-05-06 10:25:27 PM
2 votes:
A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals
2014-05-06 10:21:15 PM
2 votes:
Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
2014-05-06 09:53:07 PM
2 votes:

fusillade762: Most lacked awareness of many aspects of astronomy and their views were coloured by religion.

That's what happens when you include Americans in your survey.


Good troll A++ Because no other country would have large religious people, especially Spain or Italy.

Space psychologist  sounds like a made up term to me from TFA though.
2014-05-06 09:50:01 PM
2 votes:
humans can't even deal with each other

for fark's sakes


/200+ girls kidnapped for sale in 21st  century
//sorry, Star Trek, but it's Soylent Green for the win
2014-05-06 09:48:20 PM
2 votes:
"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." - Douglas Adams.

Seriously, people need to understand how far away everything is from Earth. Maybe there is a way to travel faster than the speed of light, or to warp space so you shrink distance without violating the speed of light limit, but even then the proverbial needle in a haystack would be 10 billions times easier than finding an inhabitable planet, let alone one with any type of intelligent beings.
2014-05-06 09:41:19 PM
2 votes:
They make good tacos, though.
2014-05-07 02:12:56 PM
1 votes:
Just from a statistics perspective, anyone who does a study with 116 or so people and claims this is a good enough sampling is a moron... or selling something.
2014-05-07 01:46:47 PM
1 votes:
Honestly... We should all be hopeing that the government has been hiding proof of intelligent alien life from us for decades.  Mainly because this would mean 2 things:

1. We are not alone (duh)
2. They are not going to kill us because they would have done it already
2014-05-07 12:44:42 PM
1 votes:
Awareness of astronomy, physics, math, etc is not necessary for meeting aliens. It probably helps but I think they'd be more concerned over whether or not we'd steal their stuff and shoot them. Humans are xenophobic douchebags with itchy trigger fingers. Aliens know this.

The surest sign there's intelligent life in the universe: they haven't contacted us yet. There are probably signs posted around Earth telling visitors to stay in their vehicles and don't feed the animals.
2014-05-07 09:38:31 AM
1 votes:
116 people.  Nice sampling.
2014-05-07 08:17:03 AM
1 votes:

OOBE Juan Kenobi: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Doubtful we will ever encounter alien life forms. It goes beyond distance, it's also about time.

Consider that we may not actually be the most intelligent species in the Universe...

Also consider that rocketry may not be the only way to power a spacecraft, and that human beings tend to only think in terms of what they already know about the Universe. Just because we do not know how to transcend space/time yet, doesn't mean that other civilizations haven't been able to figure it out.

All in all - we're just going to have to admit that we don't know all there is to know about the Universe.

Your comment is akin to saying "It is absolutely impossible to travel large distances across the Universe because I don't think it's possible."  How does that even make sense?


Well first off, saying 'doubtful' is not saying 'absolutely impossible', so drop the hyperbole please.
I suppose I should have said timing instead of time. I'm not talking about the time it takes to travel great distances. I'm talking about advanced civilizations existing at the same time. Not only is the universe very large, it's also very old.
2014-05-07 06:24:24 AM
1 votes:
I was impressed by the sample size. The article is based on interviews of 116 students. Ummm. This is bad even for HuffPo.
2014-05-07 04:18:30 AM
1 votes:

pedrop357: Arthen: What does university student's knowledge of astronomy have to do with "being ready" for extra terrestrial contact?

No shiat.  The last thing I'd want to talk to someone about after a flight is the air I traveled through, 100x so if I was the pilot.


If I had to speak with someone after a flight, I'd rather it was someone who understood how aircraft work, and didn't think they were held up by magical forces or some goddess of the air. Not that that's necessarily what the conversation will be about, but you know if you get off a 10 hour flight and someone who doesn't believe in planes starts a conversation with you, chances are it's going to end with the obliteration of his country.

It's just common sense.
2014-05-07 01:01:02 AM
1 votes:
Even if they could find us in the vast ocean of space and time, why would aliens bother to visit Earth? A race able to travel intergalactic distances would view us as we view bugs.
Same idea with God: If God ever did exist he would have gotten bored and moved on long ago.


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/Yawn, nothing to see here. Maybe I'll try Mars ...
2014-05-06 10:57:38 PM
1 votes:

machoprogrammer: <strong><a data-farkhash="" href="http://www.fark.com/comments/8250039/90720638#c90720638" target="_blank">Repo Man</a>:</strong> <em>Maybe all of the fundie freaks would commit mass suicide.</em>

Do you people have to bring up religion in every thread?


The article addresses religion. Unless you have Jesus blocker add-on installed.
2014-05-06 10:50:10 PM
1 votes:
Humans can't even deal with Parrots.
2014-05-06 10:25:20 PM
1 votes:

Rhino_man: I would love to take this test and find out whether or not the study's authors think I'd be ready for contact.

I personally think that I would be... but who knows?


Moreso, define "ready".

Personally, I'm ready, especially if they're here to conquer humanity.

I plan to turn coat almost immediately.
2014-05-06 10:24:06 PM
1 votes:
Maybe all of the fundie freaks would commit mass suicide.


If aliens from outer space ever come and we show them our civilization and they
make fun of it, we should say we were just kidding, that this isn't really our
civilization, but a gag we hoped they would like. Then we tell them to come
back in twenty years to see our REAL civilization. After that, we start a
crash program of coming up with an impressive new civilization. Either that,
or just shoot down the aliens as they're waving good-bye.
- Jack Handey
2014-05-06 10:00:29 PM
1 votes:

upload.wikimedia.org

Or maybe an astronaut. Yeah. Like, be the first motherfarker to see a new galaxy, or find a new alien lifeform... and fark it. And people'd be like, "There he goes. Homeboy farked a Martian once.

2014-05-06 09:47:38 PM
1 votes:

Arthen: What does university student's knowledge of astronomy have to do with "being ready" for extra terrestrial contact?


No shiat.  The last thing I'd want to talk to someone about after a flight is the air I traveled through, 100x so if I was the pilot.
2014-05-06 09:46:26 PM
1 votes:
I'm ready for them! I would like to be the first human to mate with an alien female or whatever they have available for insertion.
 
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