Harvard Physicist Makes Stunning Prediction of What First Alien Contact Will Be Like

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Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Astronomy Department, believes that the experience of first contact between humans and extraterrestrial alien life forms will be “shocking”.

Loeb, who has spent much of his storied career searching for alien life, has theorized that fast radio bursts, which are millisecond-long flashes of energy from the deep regions of the cosmos, could be messages from extraterrestrials. The theoretical physicist has also speculated about alien megastructures, and suggested that ‘Oumuamua‘, the first interstellar object ever observed which fascinated the science community since it was discovered in October 2017, may have been a probe sent by intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Now, in a new interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Loeb talks about the cosmos and what first contact would mean for human civilization.

According to the Harvard astronomer, if humankind were contacted by some extraterrestrial life form – and this is not just an idle fantasy: many scientists, including theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku argue that the detection of alien life is more a question of when, not if – the experience could be one of the most extraordinary ones in human history.

“If you think about the history of humans, the perspective has changed as we have evolved – from a single individual to a family, a tribe, a country, and finally we even found other continents with people living there,” Loeb told Der Spiegel. “If we were now to find other beings beyond planet Earth, this would be the biggest step ever.”

When asked what first contact would be like, Loeb, who during the interview highlighted the fact that humanity now has “the necessary technology to answer the question of whether we are alone”, said that it’s almost impossible to predict how life could have evolved outside of Earth.

“I can’t tell you what this moment will look like,” he said. “But it will be shocking. Because we are biased by our own experiences. We imagine other beings to be similar to us. But maybe they are radically different.”

Reference: Der Spiegel

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1 Comment on Harvard Physicist Makes Stunning Prediction of What First Alien Contact Will Be Like

  1. They will likely be sentient machines. Also, they’re already contacting us. An example is the 2004 Nimitz encounter, which is undeniable — the smoking gun. No longer the stuff of loons (and it never was), they seem to be very “curious” about our military capabilities. The former head of the Pentagon’s secret “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program” toured cable news outlets proclaiming that “they’re here”. The 1999 French Cometa report, in its conclusion, stated extraterrestrial visitation is “likely”.

    If find the apparent interest in our military capabilities disconcerting. I believe Hawking is correct, and we shouldn’t advertise our presence. Our first encounter with aliens may be our last, and the “historic event” may – likewise, end history.

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