“To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”—Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (via orphicfiddler)
Seth D. Baum - Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University. E-mail: email@example.com
Jacob D. Haqq-Misra - Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University
Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman - NASA Planetary Science Division
Acta Astronautica, 2011, 68(11-12): 2114-212
While humanity has not yet observed any extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), contact with ETI remains possible. Contact could occur through a broad range of scenarios that have varying consequences for humanity. However, many discussions of this question assume that contact will follow a particular scenario that derives from the hopes and fears of the author. In this paper, we analyze a broad range of contact scenarios in terms of whether contact with ETI would benefit or harm humanity. This type of broad analysis can help us prepare for actual contact with ETI even if the details of contact do not fully resemble any specific scenario.
“A socialist? Is Warren Buffett a socialist? You really have no fucking clue what socialism is, do you? (Launches into jackass Fox News anchor mode.) “Hey — that George Clooney, always bangin’ different broads. What a queer!””—JON STEWART, on Fox “News” personalities calling Warren Buffett — who dared to say that super-rich billionaires such as himself should be taxed at a much higher rate — a “socialist,” on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
“Yet it is precisely this infusion of religion into politics that most Americans increasingly oppose. While over the last five years Americans have become slightly more conservative economically, they have swung even further in opposition to mingling religion and politics. It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity.”—