Scientists Worried Humankind Will Descend Into Chaos After Discovering Alien Signal

UFO off country road.

At a glance

  • Scientists at the recently opened SETI Post-Detection Hub at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have a daunting task ahead of them: figure out what the hell to do if we were ever to make contact with an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization.
  • If aliens got in touch tomorrow, they warn, humanity would be woefully ill-prepared — something they say needs to change as soon as possible.
  • “Look at the mess we made when COVID hit,” John Elliott, a computational linguist at the University of St Andrews and coordinator of the Post-Detection Hub, told The Guardian. “We’d be like headless chickens.”

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