Penn State/NASA Study: Aliens may strike humans to save the galaxy

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    Aug 22, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/201116/20110820/alien-destroy-humanity-nasa-global-warming.htm

    Global warming may not remain merely 'global' anymore, as a new study suggests its cosmic impact.

    Beyond endangering the earthly inhabitants, humans may have posed a serious threat to the entire galaxy, possibly prompting aliens to destroy humanity in order to end global warming and save the rest of the galaxy from being contaminated as well.

    Surprisingly, the suggestion comes from one of NASA's scientists.

    The scenario was brought up in a joint study by Penn State University and the NASA Planetary Science Division, titled "Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis."

    "A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilization may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand," the study says. "Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilizational expansion could be detected by an ETI (extraterrestrial intelligence) because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions."

    By using spectrometry, extraterrestrials could detect changes in Earth's atmosphere and deduce that we're out of control, speculated the researchers, among a number of other scenarios discussed in the 33-page paper.

    Some scenarios suggest that human contact with aliens would be beneficial, such as how aliens would help us acquire better knowledge and help us solve problems such as hunger, poverty and enable us to eliminate diseases. Another scenario points toward an alliance between humans and Aliens to help us protect ourselves from an attack by other extra-territorial beings.

    The neutral scenarios, on the other hand, involve situations in which aliens do not try to communicate with us and prefer to observe us without making any contact.

    The harmful scenario, on the other hand, are a bit more dramatic as NASA scientists warn aliens could attack us, enslave us, eat us or spread alien diseases among us or among crucial food species, to destroy us.

    "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets," stated the authors.

    "Should a hostile group choose open large-scale invasion, we wouldn't see just a few over a city exercising military operations, I believe we would see not just thousands, but tens of thousands of craft landing simultaneously worldwide in order to drop large numbers of their own troops on our soil for military purposes," says UFO Digest in a report.

    To prevent these disasters from happening and risk destroying humanity and its future, the document suggest we refrain from sending signals into space, and insist we should especially diminish broadcasts that would provide the potential extraterritorial visitors with information about our biological makeup.

    "If contact between humans and ETI is possible, then it is important to consider the capability of ETI to cause us benefit or harm. This information is important across nearly the full breadth of contact scenarios," the authors further added. "Although we cannot know the level of technological sophistication achieved by ETI, we do have a compelling reason to believe that ETI would be significantly stronger than us and therefore highly capable of causing our total destruction. This point has been raised repeatedly throughout the literature."

    Domagal-Goldman, the lead author, later made it clear that the study was not a "NASA report" and that no NASA funding was expended on it. He also said that his two co-authors, Seth Baum and JacobHaqq-Misra of Pennsylvania State University worked on it.
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    Aug 22, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    And this is any different from Glen Beck and his 'studies'/pronouncements?
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Too stupid to comment on.
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 22, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    Someone has too much free time and thinks themselves too important.

    Is ibtimes a news site like The Onion is a news site?

    The makers of
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    should sue these people.
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    hahahaha
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    Domagal-Goldman, the lead author, later made it clear that the study was not a "NASA report" and that no NASA funding was expended on it. He also said that his two co-authors, Seth Baum and JacobHaqq-Misra of Pennsylvania State University worked on it.
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    we need to figure out how to make a warp engine pronto so the pointy ear bastards / vulcans can see that were technologically advanced enough and send us an invitation to enter the universe collective.
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    Aug 22, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Yeah, NASA funds some pretty risky stuff. Heck, they even give me money sometimes. But usually you have to do more than rehash an old scifi short story from a 1950's pulp magazine.




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    Aug 22, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidSomeone has too much free time and thinks themselves too important.

    Is your comment directed against the authors for writing it or against me for posting it?
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    Aug 22, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    And here I thought Penn State was an elite school?
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    Aug 22, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    It makes sense to me, especially when they hear we believe in God ;)
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 22, 2011 8:12 AM GMT
    I believe there is reason to suspect that other intelligent life forms in our galaxy are perfectly aware that we exist.

    Furthermore, I believe it is almost impossible that other intelligent life *doesn't* exist in our galaxy.

    I also think that this study sounds very propagandised. It's a fear tactic designed by the left wing (or a couple of left-wingers) to encourage green living. And I'm an earthy nature-minded socialist.

    We will never be able to prepare ourselves for an alien invasion. But it's a really fucking good idea, regardless of the impetus, to work with clean energy.

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    Aug 22, 2011 10:00 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidhahahaha


    times 2.
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    Aug 22, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidSmart people be trollin'.


    This.
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    Aug 22, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    Seems like bull**** to me, but I won't risk laughing at it like Italians did with Galileo. On a second thought, I will

    hahaha

    Fine, if aliens are to strike, just please tell them to aim at the Middle East! so that we may finally reach a solution for the fight over Jerusalem!
  • phunkie

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    Aug 22, 2011 11:03 AM GMT
    Another ploy to increase defence budget to fight off an alien invasion?
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    phunkie saidAnother ploy to increase defence budget to fight off an alien invasion?


    No, more like another ploy by the left to get Fox News viewers to rethink their attitude towards Keynesian economics:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1759711
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    Yes now we should put more money for Space Defense and a plan to attack Mars lol
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    Aug 22, 2011 11:35 AM GMT
    asnextdoor saidYes now we should put more money for Space Defense and a plan to attack Mars lol


    Yeah. We won't put more money in education, transportation, clean energy, unemployment benefits, etc. WW 3 is nowhere in sight. What else is there for a big stimulus to get us out of trouble, one that conservatives won't object to?icon_razz.gif
  • Menergy_1

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    Aug 22, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    I'm glad Stan 904 made it clear that the scientist published a distancing from an official NASA stance. That earlier misunderstanding seemed to cause a lot of furor among southern religious conservatives on another blog I read! At the time I thought, hey those religious conservatives are so hypocritical. It all seemed similar to some of their flock calling for preparing for The Rapture (FAIL), which was to be another visit from outer space, wasn't it?

    A scientist's musings or "what if" basis of thought is no more ridiculous, IMO.
  • kuroshiro

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    Aug 22, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    A 33-page paper? That's it? Hell, I had papers I had to write in linguistics that were longer than that... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 22, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    we can bomb the moon again! i see a 'war of the worlds' scenario being played out.
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    Aug 22, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Sounds like the govt is trying to scare the people into accepting yet another war...but this time, they want to bring in the New World Order (ya know, get the world together to fight fictitious 'aliens' to save humanity).

    It's a crock of shit. I really truly wish the 911 attacks had been on the White House instead of the innocent people in the trade center (which btw, I believe was staged by the govt to go to war with Iraq).