How Would Humanity React If We Really Found Aliens?

An invasion of Earth by alien flying saucers is a trope of science fiction. But what if aliens really did find us? If aliens reach out to us, what would happen first? It’s a question that has puzzled science fiction fans and scientists alike for decades, and we already may have a hint of how people will react. On Oct. 30, 1938, a dramatized version of the 1898 H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds" played on the CBS Radio system across the United States. The story details how Martians attacked Earth. The radio broadcast caused a reaction when people mistook it for a real radio report, but accounts vary as to how much of a reaction. Some accounts describe nationwide panic, while others say not very many people actually listened to the broadcast. The promise of alien life stars in Episode 1 of " AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction ," which debuts on AMC tonight. Still, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) researcher Duncan Forgan told Space.com the "War of the Worlds" broadcast may be instructive to think about as SETI scientists worldwide update their "first contact" protocols. [ E.T. Etiquette: How Should Humanity Interact with […]

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