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15 Things That Would Happen If We Made Contact With Aliens

Stephen Hawking has famously warned us NOT to make contact with aliens. But, what if we did?

Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that mankind has asked since the dawn of mankind, and up until now we still don’t have a concrete answer. We’ve managed to learn so much about our world and the space beyond it, but we are still yet to encounter another intelligent life form from beyond the stars. Of course, given our very limited lifespans, it’s easy for us to imagine that such an encounter will never happen because, of course, it hasn’t happened yet. Or maybe it has, and we’re all being kept in the dark as to not explode our fragile human brains – but that’s a topic for another time. Right now, we are alone, which is both a comforting thought and a terrifying one all at the same time.

We have no idea about the true size of the universe. We lack the ability to even fully comprehend the size of the observable universe, and right now intergalactic travel is only science fiction to us. But how likely is it that life has evolved on other planets? Is it more inconceivable to think that we are a singularity – alone among millions of galaxies – or that there might just be another race, or even several, out there in the stars?

And what would happen if we made contact with these beings? It’s time for some good old-fashioned speculation…

15 We Would Hear About It On Social Media First

14 The Story Might Break The Internet

Think about New Year’s Eve for a moment. Any New Year’s Eve. How hard is it to send a message? The system is always overloaded with people sending their greetings, right? And that’s just a celebration about entering a new year! Now, if we start talking about a discovery as monumental as discovering other intelligent life, well, you can just imagine what the impact would be. We would all have problems accessing social media as the story spread around the globe like wildfire. SETI doesn’t see this as such a big problem though, as long as the information was verified and true. Former SETI director Jill Tarter has said, “You want that information to be as widespread as possible. If we were to make a discovery at the SETI Institute, I don't think there's any way we could keep our website up or our phones working from the onslaught of people trying to get information."

13 It Might Take Us A While To Decide How To Respond

12 We Would Argue Over Who Gets To Represent Us

11 No, Aliens Probably Won’t Want Our Resources

10 Would We Turn On Each Other, Or Unite?

9 Contact Might Not Happen In The Way We Imagine

8 We Could Experience A Global Confidence Crisis

At the moment, human beings feel that they are alone in the universe because we haven’t seen any forms of intelligent life just yet. This makes us feel scared on the one hand (who really wants to be alone in the universe?), but on the other hand, it gives us a sense of uniqueness. We believe ourselves to be a highly advanced species, and we are arrogant about our singular status. But what would happen if we were to meet another civilization; one that is possibly thousands or even millions of years ahead of us? If they offered us their knowledge, we would feel like a caveman sitting at the feet of a modern man. They might be so advanced that they appear god-like to us, and this could lead to a massive confidence crisis across the globe.

7 We Would See A Surge In Technology

6 It Might Give Us Hope For The Future

Right now, the future seems pretty hopeless for mankind. Our population is steadily growing and a few hundred years from now, the natural resources of the planet will not be able to sustain us anymore. We also have climate change to worry about, but that’s not even our biggest obstacle. The barrier we need to overcome as a species is this idea that we are different. There is no way that we can progress to the next stage of our evolution unless we work together. Encountering a race who has managed to conquer intergalactic travel might just give us hope that our species could do the same thing – if only we stopped fighting about our differences and worked together. That is, of course, unless they arrive with the intention of destroying us…

5 Their Impact On Society Might Be Slow

So let’s imagine for a moment that we receive an intergalactic message from a distant star system. First, we would need to decipher that message and prove that it was sent from an intelligent life-form. That might take time – months, possibly even years. And then, once it’s confirmed and we all know about it – what then? Well, for most of us, life would continue as normal. We would still need to go to work and carry on living our lives. It might even take generations to get a dialogue going, so the impact on society would probably not be felt immediately. It would be an incredible discovery, but if the aliens were not posing any kind of immediate threat to us, once the hype died down, life would continue as normal.

4 It Would Have A Major Economic Impact

3 We Might Be Invited To Join An Intergalactic Club

Okay, so let’s imagine for a moment that we manage to contact an ancient and highly advanced alien race. If there is one race of aliens, then it seems quite possible that there would be more than one, right? Now, these beings have managed to master interplanetary travel, which means that they may already be in contact with each other – possibly even working together to ensure the longevity of their species. If this were true, they might have formed some kind of intergalactic federation in order to keep the peace and, if they deem humans worthy, they might even ask us to unite with them or join some kind of intergalactic club in exchange for information and co-operation. We know it sounds like science fiction, but it might just happen.

2 It Could Lead To A New Age For Humanity

Making contact with aliens would change human history forever, that’s for sure. It could give us the opportunity to learn more about our universe than ever before, and the knowledge that we are not alone would drastically change the way we view life. The changes might happen very slowly, or they could occur in our lifetimes, but one thing is for sure: mankind would enter a new age. Aliens could help us solve technological problems – possibly even opening the door for mankind to travel and settle on new planets – thus increasing our chances of survival as a species. They might have answers about consciousness and the true nature of life. It would be a very exciting development to experience and, maybe, just maybe, we might live long enough to see it happen.

1 It Might Lead To Total Destruction

Not everyone believes that aliens would be peaceful. We’ve seen what happens when a more advanced race encounters a primitive population, and it doesn’t usually end well for the less advanced people. So what if the same is true of aliens? What if they decide to destroy us instead of helping us? Well, if this was the case and we did encounter a hostile race — as Stephen Hawking thinks is more likely — then we would probably stand very little chance of being able to defend ourselves. Hawking has warned about sending messages to the stars, saying that it could spell the end for us. But we are too curious to stop looking, and if he’s right, this might be our ultimate downfall.

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