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  • Hey, there; welcome to Life Noggin.

  • Humans have been sending messages into space for decades in an attempt to communicate with life beyond Earth.

  • But the question remains as to what will happen when we first make contact with an extraterrestrial species,

  • with experts wondering both what we should say and how we should say itwhich are great questions.

  • I mean, what would you tell an alien species about humans or life on Earth?

  • Some believe we should only tell them about our, uh, good qualities and leave out our more, you know, destructive side.

  • And so far, that's what we've done.

  • Between radio broadcasts beamed into space towards star systems and golden records filled with the sights and sounds of Earth aboard the Voyager spacecraft,

  • humanity has sent docile messages that include universal mathematical conceptschemical equations, pictures of parents and babies, sounds of laughter and greetings

  • and even advertisements for Dorritos. Yeah.

  • But what happens if they return our call?

  • There are some basic protocols developed in the 80s by researchers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence field.

  • They say that anyone who detects a credible signal from an extraterrestrial species should share all their information with the public and other scientists,  

  • and that no response should be given without guidance from an international body like the UN.

  • But, other than that, there's no official government-led plan in place for when we make contact.

  • Though it might not make much of a difference.

  • If contact is made when we receive a message through radio signals from distant stars,  

  • it would take centuries for them to get our response anyways,  

  • so we could take our time in figuring out what to say and how to say it.

  • And if, instead, we first meet when they show up here on Earth, meaning their technology is thousands of years advanced beyond our own,

  • they'll be the ones calling the shots.

  • Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be a threat.

  • Carl Sagan believed thatcivilization advanced enough to achieve interstellar travel would also be advanced beyond things like war and destruction.

  • Or, according to the Zoo Hypothesis, if they determine that we are much less advanced than them,

  • they may choose to avoid all contact and let us continue to develop naturally.

  • But if they are friendly and wanted to talk, communication wouldn't be impossible,

  • as long as we're advanced enough to understand their communication methods and its meaning.

  • Like in the movie "Arrival", linguists would first figure out their communication method, whether it be verbal or written or something else.

  • Then they would build up a vocabulary and understanding until we can ask them important questions.

  • Like, "Do you have any pizza bagels where you come from?" and "Are you here in peace?"

  • Hopefully, the  answer to both of these questions is: Yes.

  • So, do you believe in aliens?

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