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We may not be psychologically prepared to contact extraterrestrial intelligence

The time may come in the not too distant future when mankind will be successful in contacting extraterrestrial intelligence. A question which we must confront is whether we are psychologically ready for such contact with extraterrestrial intelligence reports Science Daily on May 6, 2014. Scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals. Now they are also working on sending messages from Earth telling about our position and we must learn to cope with the anxieties associated with the possibility of succeeding with this mission.

Views of Earth & Space
Views of Earth & Space

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project is an initiative which first began in the 1970s with funding from NASA reports Plataforma SINC. The members of this controversial project now also want to actively send messages from Earth in order to detect possible extraterrestrial civilizations. Stephen Hawking, an astrophysicist, and other scientists have already been warning of the risk which this implies for humanity because it could favor the arrival of beings with more advanced technology and questionable intentions.

Neuro-psychologist Gabriel G de la Torre has been studying the ethical and sociological implications of this proposal. Torre opens up questions about making such a decision to contact extraterrestrial intelligence on behalf of the entire planet. More questions are raised about mankinds preparedness to meet with success with such a venture. It has been Torre's impression that as a species mankind is not really ready for trying to actively contact a supposed extraterrestrial civilization. We simply appear to lack knowledge and preparation for such a possibility.

This study has been published in the journal Acta Astronautica. The researchers explored the psychoeducational aspects of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations. Essentially they have been exploring the possibility of developing a new cosmic consciousness. It is felt we must improve a cosmic awareness among people. At this time the majority of people have been found to consider these subjects according to their religious belief.

We must be very careful not to rely on moral reference points of thought as colored by religion to control our feelings about our relation with possible intelligent extraterrestrial life. It should be considered why it is we should see some more intelligent beings as being good instead of bad or bad instead of good. This all becomes a matter with global implications in which mankind across the world must participate. After all from what reference point will we begin to determine what is actually good versus bad when considering a new sophisticated cosmic consciousness among mankind.