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ET phoned home, but should we phone ET?

Many believe that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists somewhere in the universe. Poll after poll demonstrates that most people share this belief. But, if intelligent extraterrestrials are out there, should humans attempt to contact them?

This question was recently posed to 1,000 adults in the United States as part of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey conducted July 17-19, 2014.

Those polled were first asked, “Do you think there is intelligent life on other planets, or not?” Fifty percent responded “Yes” while nineteen percent responded “No.” Thirty-one percent were “Not sure.”

Participants were then asked, “Do you think it would be possible for humans to make contact with intelligent life on other planets, or not?” Forty-six percent of those polled indicated that they are optimistic about our ability to contact aliens. Twenty-three percent don’t believe it’s possible, while thirty-one percent are not sure.

E.T. and his intergalactic phone. (Credit: Amblin Entertainment)
E.T. and his intergalactic phone. (Credit: Amblin Entertainment)

Although the majority of the individuals polled believe that communication with extraterrestrials is feasible, the poll reveals that many have qualms about attempting contact with unknown civilizations. The poll asked, “Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea for scientists to try to make contact with intelligent life on other planets?” Only thirty-seven percent of those polled feel that attempting contact is a “Good idea,” while twenty-seven percent think contact is a “Bad idea.” Thirty-six percent were unsure.

Some of the poll’s data might be flawed, however, because when those who oppose attempting contact were asked, “Which comes closest to your opinion on why it’s a bad idea for scientists to try to make contact with intelligent life on other planets?,” seventy-three percent selected the response, “Thinks trying to make contact is a good idea or isn’t sure.” If this question was truly only posed to those who already indicated that they think attempting contact with extraterrestrials is a bad idea, then why would “Thinks trying to make contact is a good idea” be a response option to the question? The answer is unclear. But other respondents felt that attempting contact with extraterrestrials isn’t worth the expense, even if it does work. Others noted a fear of alerting malevolent aliens to our presence as a reason for not attempting to contact alien civilizations.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. No…don’t contact them. Contact has already taken place 10,000 years ago and the result was 12 areas around the planet contaminated with a layer of aluminum isotope 26. Intended to slow and stop the rotation of the planets core.

  2. Do it we might find what the isotope was put there to kill us or stop something from happening to the human race

  3. ET already phoned home, collect call.
    0010110 = . . – . – – . = [ . . – ][ . – – . ] , [ . . ][ – . ] [ – – ][ . ] , [ . . ][ – ] [ . – – ][ . ] , [ . . – ] [ . – – ][ . ]
    Morse code for *Up, In Me, It We, U We*

    Early human confused itself with words, by creating non-existing things, adapting life to these things. Word programs took control, corrupting natural perception, intuition and understanding. Life is not about domesticating other species. Yet this is what human was doing to itself, on behalf of what it perceived in its myths and stories, as it could not understand the universe it was awakening to.

    The universe Self is alive through life, provides life with consciousness, intelligence and the *proper* vivid sensations so that brains literary can make sense of their reality, to survive, learn, expand into the future. Therefor: all of *vivid* creation is from pure unconditional love by nature. The universe guides life through its own life experiences, to “eventually” create the best vivid cosmos possible: heaven. Not some supernatural afterlife but a living cosmos where intelligent life lives as one, as all *is* one: nature following the laws of nature in pure innocence.

    Human confused itself, turned hostile to its own nature. Infinite Self guided human through its “afterlife” into the proper tools and life experience, in perfect timing. This is the second awakening, this time in understanding: all is one. Even in a confused young species that went living in other worlds, making other plans, serving lesser “gods”. Human will join the cosmic collective of natural self when awoken.

    Time is a vivid sensation in vivid reality, it does not exist as such in base reality, the real universe. That’s why this is “the end of time”. Creation is an ongoing process in the eternal Now, by life, guided by infinite Self. Synchronicity will neutralize hostile word programs and non-existing things. That would be your “rapture”.

    _And if you listen very hard_
    _The tune will come to you at last_
    _When all are one and one is all_
    _To be a rock and not to roll_
    _And she’s buying a stairway to heaven._

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