The frontier for scientific knowledge is expanding at a phenomenal rate. It’s hard to believe that less than 20 years ago, there was no evidence of extra solar planets even existing and yet now we have confirmed the existence of 783 of them, with thousands more waiting on conclusive data. It’s this seemingly exponential growth of knowledge in the realm of astronomy that leads astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell to believe that we will find the answer to that all important question, “Are we alone?” some time this century.
At the 5th Euroscience Open Forum conference in Dublin, Dr. Burnell announced her expectations that we should be seeing evidence of alien life very soon. According to DailyMail, Dr. Burnell isn’t just hopeful that we’ll find evidence of alien biospheres, but that we might even stand a chance at spotting intelligent extraterrestrial life. Dr. Burnell isn’t some crackpot wearing a tinfoil beanie though, she is the respected astrophysicist who was responsible for discovering the first pulsar. In her opinion, governments and world leaders should already be working on plans for what to do when we finally find hard evidence for the existence of extra terrestrials. According to Dr. Burnell…
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?