• Question: Would you like to study extra terrestrial life?

    Asked by 923reaq24 to Sally, James, David, Dan on 14 Mar 2019.
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      James Munro answered on 14 Mar 2019:


      If we found intelligent life, I would be the first person on the spaceship. Being able to study minds that did not grow up on earth, that might be made out of materials and chemicals different from humans. Wow! I would want to see if they used language, if they knew science the same way we did. If they built cities and all the questions that would come just from observing them.

      If it was bacteria or plants – I would not be a good person to send haha.

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      Sally Tilt answered on 14 Mar 2019:

      Haha – neat question.

      When I weigh it up – I think that we’re still so far from understanding humans and how we think and behave – I might stick with that for now. 🙂

      Perhaps what might be helpful though is having an extra terrestrial to help us to study humans – I wonder if they would notice things that we take for granted because they seem so automatic or normal?

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      David Chadwick answered on 15 Mar 2019:

      Sometimes when I watch TV I think I am seeing extra terrestrial life 🙂
      And I dont just mean David Attenborough exploring the ocean depths where there is no light.
      There are some weird people on TV that it makes me wonder if some of them are ETs. (I am sure you have seen some of them, although perhaps the ones you think are weird I do not, and vice versa.)

      But I would not like to study ETs for real, because I do not fancy going into outer space.
      a) the G forces to get there and back would probably kill me,
      b) once there I would be frightened of being cast adrift as in 2001 A Space Odessey
      c) I might come across something from Alien