Hello Aliens!

Discuss the possible benefits and dangers of discovering extraterrestrial life.

Knowing that we are not alone will have a profound effect on our philosophy and outlook as a species. It is useful to compare benefits and dangers directly.

Consider the following statements:

Alien forms of life could lead to cures for existing illnesses


They could also create new bacteria capable of killing all life

Intelligent life may share knowledge about science that we have yet to discover.


Depending on an unknown alien force for knowledge prevents us from advancing as humans

Intelligent life may share advances in technology such as travel and communication.


Intelligent life may be aggressive and set out to invade or hurt Earth life forms including humans


Arecibo Message

What does the expert say? Here's a recent video of Sir Patrick Moore talking about sending a message into space

A message From Earth Sir Patrick Moore from Oli Madgett on Vimeo.