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Exosociology Better prepare for contact with aliens

When it comes to Scinece Fiction in literature or film, the first contact could look like this: A spaceship. And another one that looks a little more futuristic. In addition, a firefight in space, laser beams probably. Or it goes like this: Gently, deliberately, spaceships as strange columns that do not mind gravity, that float silently above the ground. Trying to understand some kind of ink blot. A blurring of space and time and a contact that culminates in world peace.

Three scenarios for first contact

What has happened often enough in science fiction could really be reality one day. In order to be well prepared for the moment when humans and aliens meet, two sociologists from Freiburg have now analyzed what would actually happen to us humans at such a meeting. The direct encounter with alien beings or extraterrestrial technology is only one of three examined scenarios. The discovery of an extraterrestrial object near the earth would also be conceivable as a contact. Or just receiving radio waves from far outside.

The fundamental result of the analysis is sobering as expected: We humans are extremely poorly prepared for such an encounter. In doing so, clear consequences in the field of science and worldview are to be expected. In addition, there is a risk that there could be extensive political and economic conflicts on earth.

Overcoming prejudices with exosociology

The investigations have nothing to do with science fiction, but deal with a very young discipline of sociologywho have favourited the Exosocilogy. In her book "The Extraterrestrial Society - Introduction to Exosociology " write the two authors:

Since we are and remain human beings, we necessarily always see 'the others' with our human eyes and think about them with our human brains.

Dr. Michael Schetsche, Dr. Andreas AntonThe society of extraterrestrials

The consequence are human-centered prejudices. Exosociology should now look where it is possible to avoid these prejudices. Only then are people able to think about what extraterrestrial life might look like:

We are already predicting that one or the other big surprise will be in store for us in view of the strangeness of an extraterrestrial intelligence. To reduce the likelihood that there will be nasty surprises, we should, among other things, change our thinking about strangers and strangers in general.

Dr. Michael Schetsche, Dr. Andreas AntonThe Society of Aliens

And thus also rethink all social theories. Because they were designed exclusively for a human society.