Is there Alien Life out there?

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Today’s poll, and discussion point…is there alien life out there?

It’s a scientific prediction that will get dollar signs pinging in Steven Spielberg’s eyes: We could make contact with aliens in less than 100 years.

But according to one of the United Kingdom’s leading physicists, it is a matter for governments rather than Hollywood who should start preparing for our first extra-terrestrial encounter now.

Speaking at the Euroscience Open Forum conference in Dublin, Jocelyn Bell Burnell said: ‘I do suspect we are going to get signs of life elsewhere, maybe even intelligent life, within the next century. How well prepared are we? Have we thought of how we approach them? Should we put them in a zoo, eat them, send in GIs to bring them democracy?’

She said we are most likely to find alien life where we find rocky planets with carbon dioxide and ozone in the atmospheres. The Oxford University professor said: ‘If we do suspect there is intelligent life out there, are we going to make ourselves known to them or not?

‘There are interesting questions about who you would tell first the Press, the Prime Minister, the Pope? We should start thinking now.’

Is there alien life out there?

  • Yes (53%, 116 Votes)
  • No (22%, 48 Votes)
  • Yes and they will be real nasty like 'Aliens', Klingons, Cardassians, 'Predator' or 'Starship Troopers' (20%, 44 Votes)
  • Yes and they will be friendly like ALF, ET, and Vulcans (5%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 219

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