The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Aliens would be as nasty as we are
Tom Smith

Somebody who agrees with me.  The last thing we should want is to be discovered by technologically superior aliens.  Look how that worked out for the Native Americans, the Pacific Islanders, the Congoese.  At best, we could end up having the right to run some intergalactic casinos, and a few us would be driving around rose colored Bentley spaceships.  Not close to a good tradeoff.  My view is that we are extremely fortunate that intelligent life is so rare in the universe, if not so much that it is so rare on our own planet.

 I think it should be illegal to attempt to contact ET aliens, as some scientists are doing.  Hmmm.  Do you think there is a law review article here?

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of course there is a law review article here.

Posted by: brian smith | Jan 27, 2010 11:43:54 AM

It's gotta be better for us to listen and discover them first, rather than broadcasting so they can hear us first.

Posted by: Tim Donahue | Jan 27, 2010 5:26:32 PM

Take me to your leader.

Posted by: james wilson | Jan 28, 2010 8:35:12 AM

Dan Seligman once wrote a Forbes column in which he asked what it might be like for humans to meet aliens who were, say, a billion years more advanced in evolutionary terms. We might be to them as worms are to us. I wonder why some people are incautious about such possibilities.

Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 28, 2010 9:48:45 AM