Astronomers Worldwide Forge New Rules for ET Engagement

From AOL News:

By Lee Speigel

Is alien disclosure just around the corner?

I can’t say for sure, but lately there’s been a lot of news that, if looked at collectively, could be interpreted as pointing in that direction.

It seems as if everyone from the Vatican to the military to scientists conducting the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, are getting on the ET bandwagon.

Just last week, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study group created new guidelines for how earthlings should best handle official contact with extraterrestrials.

“The guidelines were and still are: Do good science and don’t cry wolf. Make sure that what you’re about to announce is, in fact, what you think it is,” Jill Tarter, director of the SETI Institute’s Center for SETI Research in California, told AOL News.

“In the case of the first protocol, it was: Don’t respond until there’s some consensus, a) that we should respond; and b) when we respond, who’s going to speak for Earth and what are they going to say?

“We originally took that to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and it’s duly filed away. When we presented that, we suggested that the U.N. might want to be proactive, and to think about the fact that this might happen.”

From AOL News


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