It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but United Nations scientists are saying that Earth needs to prepare… for an alien invasion.
UN scientists have been urging officials to give responsibility of “supra-Earth affairs” to a branch of the government, and to come up with a plan of action in the event of a visit from extraterrestrials.
In the most recent edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, scientists commented on the all aspects of the possibility of alien life, including astronomy, biology, and political and religious fallout.
“Will a suitable process based on expert advice from proper and responsible scientists arise at all, or will interests of power and opportunism more probably set the scene?” Professor John Zarnecki of the Open University and Dr Martin Dominik of the University of St Andrews asked. The two men pointed out that the UN already has a mechanism to take on the creation of an extraterrestrial plan, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
Those really expecting any kind of “alien contact” should be prepared for the worst, said professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at Cambridge University Simon Conway Morris. He said that evolution on alien worlds is likely to have been Darwinian in nature, and that life on other planets will have likely evolved similar to that of Earth, and our penchant for “violence and exploitation” is included.
In the journal, Morris wrote, ““Why should we ‘prepare for the worst’? First, if intelligent aliens exist, they will look just like us, and given our far from glorious history, this should give us pause for thought.”
People all over the world, no matter their religious practices, will have questions on their faith, and that’s where a plan of action would really help “Earthlings.” However, Ted Peters, professor of systematic theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in California, says that in the event that E.T. makes a pit stop at Earth, theologians have nothing to worry about.
“Theologians will not find themselves out of a job. In fact, theologians might relish the new challenges to reformulate classical religious commitments in light of the new and wider vision of God’s creation,” he said.