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