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We should tell aliens the truth about ourselves!

April 22, 2009

Scientists would like to send a message about humanity to other species in the universe, but they’ve been collecting only positive information to give a good impression. But Douglad Vakoch has a different idea;

Might not an advanced extraterrestrial species, savvy in the ways of intelligent being, notice that something was missing from our description of ourselves? An acknowledgment of our flaws and frailties seems a more honest approach than sending a sanitised, one-sided story. Honesty is a good starting point for a conversation that could last for generations.

If we continue to dodge controversy, we risk sending messages that are both brief and boring. We sometimes clash in our beliefs and customs; we disagree over matters of taste and morality. In no small part this diversity of perspectives is what characterises us as a species. And it may just make us intriguing enough to the inhabitants of other worlds to elicit a reply.

We hear ya Dougy! For being honest and true, we award you the title of “Slightly Less Jahil Than The Rest Of Humanity”. Congratulations.

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