Astronomer Jill Tarter – who stepped down earlier this week as director of the SETI Institute – said today (May possibly 24, 2012) that she disagrees with those who depict extraterrestrials as angry warriors prepared to enslave us, or consume us. In a press release from the SETI Institute, announcing their June 2012 SETIcon, Tarter said:
While Sir Stephen Hawking warned that alien life could consider to conquer or colonize Earth, I respectfully disagree. If aliens had been ready to go to Earth that would indicate they would have technological abilities sophisticated sufficient not to need to have slaves, meals, or other planets. If aliens were to come right here it would be just to explore.
Taking into consideration the age of the universe, we possibly wouldn’t be their first extraterrestrial encounter, either.
She pointed to the bumper crop of summer season 2012 alien movies, such as Men in Black III, Prometheus and Battleship, as:
… excellent entertainment and metaphors for our very own fears, but we should not take into account them harbingers of alien visitation.
Jill Tarter, who stepped down as SETI Institute director this week, says any aliens who come here will be aiming to explore, not conquer.
Disinfo or true, what do you think?
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Don’t worry Ripley, it just wants to explore. Alien life probably isn’t interested in having us for dinner, enslaving us or laying eggs in our bellies, according to a recent statement by former SETI director Jill Tarter. (Of course, Hollywood would rather have us think otherwise.) Read the rest of Aliens Don’t Want To Eat Us, Says Former SETI…