Alien attack imminent! Wait… what does imminent mean again?

It seemed like a good idea at the time: But immediately after this photo was taken, the alien bored its way through her skull and nested in the right hemisphere of the singer's brain. We might learn something from this.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: But immediately after this photo was taken, the alien bored its way through her skull and nested in the right hemisphere of the singer's brain. We might learn something from this.Courtesy aymanshamma
The future of the human race, indeed the future of the planet Earth, has been foolishly gambled on the taste and temper of distant alien civilizations, some scientists say.

This week, NASA began to beam the Beatles’ song “Across the Universe” across the, er, universe. Well, not across the universe exactly—the transmission was aimed at the North Star, 431 light years away. Sir Paul McCartney was enthused over the action, and Yoko Ono had something to say (which I skipped over, because it was weird and boring). Ringo Starr, oddly enough, seems not to have been notified.

The transmission has also raised discussion over just what humans should be broadcasting to other planets, and what potential risks might be associated with such actions. This has been a particularly hot topic among SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) Institute researchers at the “Sounds of Silence” conference at the Arizona State University in Tempe this week. “Before sending out even symbolic messages, we need an open discussion about the potential risks," says one SETI member.

I agree entirely. I’m afraid, however, that the damage may already have been done. As the article points out, transmissions from Earth have long been washing across the universe. Military transmissions have already penetrated deep space, and, more worryingly, old episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “Star Trek” pass through an average of one star system a day. We can only hope that some of the more sensitive aliens haven’t been paying close attention to their television sets—I’m not sure how many aliens they can watch William Shatner punch out, or how cheerfully they can bear Lucy’s cough-syrup addiction, before they decide that the universe might be better off without humanity. Then again, maybe aliens are into that kind of stuff. They might just be on the edge of their seats (or whatever aliens sit on, if they sit), waiting for the next episode of Full House. What will happen to Comet? Is the family safe under Danny’s tentative grip on normal human behavior? And what about Uncle Jessie’s hair? Don’t laugh, people—you all know that things work out for the Tanners, but the aliens are way behind us.

Another SETI researcher sensibly pointed out to those who might harbor serious concern over the Polarisians reaction to “Across the Universe” that "the one thing we know about aliens - if they do exist - is that they are very, very far away."

Yes. That’s true.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

we dont know how they are gonna take it. what if they like think we are challenging them to a lunar war. o jebus


posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:33am
zypher's picture
zypher says:

this is neat. I want to know if there is really is life out side of earth.... I have mixed feelings though.. I am scared bc i have played destroy all humans and the alien in that game kills all of the humans and i dont want that to happen to me, or it might be like et a friendly alien. Then there is the thought that every race of humans came from diffrent planet's and the aliens put evwery race on earth and it is a popular tv show on an alien planet.

posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:40am
koallainfestation37's picture
koallainfestation37 says:

what happens if they came in a flying saucer and it was all bright and smoky, then from the doorway comes the aliens, all decked out in hippie gear... yah

posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:44am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Interesting. That's a very probing question.

posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 5:55pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Wouldn't happen. Interplanetary space travel requires intelligent life. ;-)

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:34am
shanee's picture
shanee says:

Alien attack!! let be real people..aliens aint worried about us...think about it.

posted on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 9:48am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Hey! I used to watch Star Trek too, until it became way too boring and i got tired of it. ^_^

posted on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 12:50pm
Abby S.'s picture
Abby S. says:

i like star trek because its completely ridiculous & william shattner has cool guns.

posted on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 1:15pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Actually, Dave Barry had a theory that the reason most television is terrible is because it is intended for alien consumption. Aliens, you see, have terrible taste, and insist that we keep broadcasting awful shows, or else they will destroy the Earth!

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:44am
Nichole's picture
Nichole says:

what ever!! haha

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I just think it's stupid..like home boy was saying they might be friendly right but we might be violent and try to take over i wouldn't trust aliens and i damn sure don't trust humans

posted on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 10:52am

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