Sunday, August 28, 2005

How Would Humans React If ET Landed?

NASA and the scientific community are actively searching for evidence of extraterrestrial life, but what if we were confronted with undeniable proof that ETs exist and have been visiting Earth?A nationwide survey by the Roper Organization has uncovered the following: out of four Americans think most people would "totally freak out and panic" if such evidence were confirmed.
...eighty percent of influential Americans think the US government would classify or suppress evidence of extraterrestrial life. The Roper survey was conducted on behalf of the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), a privately funded scientific research organization based in Las Vegas, NV. The pollsters asked a nationwide sample of 1,971 men and women a variety of questions concerning a sudden confirmation of extraterrestrial life. (The poll has error margins of 2.5 percent.)
Among other findings:

When asked what they thought UFOs were:
25% thought they were alien spaceships
19% said UFOs are normal events that are misinterpreted by witnesses
12% thought they were secret government programs
9% said hallucinations
7% said travelers from other dimensions

When asked whom they would choose to make first contact with ETs on Earth:
20% the military
29% scientists
14% the government
12% religious leaders
20% a private organization that had planned for such a contingency.

"There have been no systematic studies about the potential impact of confirmed contact", says Dr. Colm Kelleher, deputy administrator of NIDS. A 1960 report by the Brookings Institute and an internal RAND document from 1968 predicted profound social consequences if contact were confirmed, but there have been no follow-up studies.

When asked how they would react psychologically to confirmation of advanced extraterrestrial life:
32% "fully prepared to handle it"
17% "rethink their place in the universe"

Yet when asked how they think OTHERS would react to the same news:
25% most people would totally freak out and panic
10% act irrationally and become dangerous to others
14% begin to act very strangely
36% most people would be very concerned
13% most people would handle the information in a calm and rational way

Since 1995, NIDS has been conducting scientific research into unconventional and novel areas including aerial phenomena research.NIDS's president and founder is Robert Bigelow. The Las Vegas based organization employs a staff of Ph.D. level, multi-disciplinary scientists and is advised by a world class science advisory board. Kelleher pointed to ongoing serious scientific studies on the remote possibility of an asteroid striking the planet. "On the other hand we have no government programs, no contingency plans that are in the public domain for coping with the possibility of E.T. contact. Yet these numbers from Roper say that 80% of the trend-setters in America do not trust the government to inform the public and one in four of the general public think there would be total panic if confirmation of advanced extraterrestrials occurred", said Kelleher.

For more information about the Roper survey and about NIDS, keep reading, or visit the NIDS website at: National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS)


Bloghead said...

Hi yer, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment on my shoutbox. Woah! This is an interesting blog. Like others, I'm interested in ET. Do they exist? I don't think we will find out in our lifetime. But, there are "worlds" out there that we human never know exist. The universe is large and definitely something is out there! I think I hear the X-files music playing...

Anonymous said...

That poll seems to be flawed to me, I think it should be much more broader and it should only deal with personal opinions of ones self. These people aren't psychologist, they can only give you they're perspective on how they would react. Ultimately I think it would be I opening, but humans are a race with a short attention span. I guarantee if you tell the public that we have astronauts living on Mars, Beyonce still will get the cover of the newspaper for out of this world shoes she's wearing.

hannaH25 said...

I do hope this Disclosure will happen so soon before we run out of time...due to some serious effects of climate change to our planet today. If the world government wont act to provide information to the help prepare the masses..or even work hand in hand in researches to provide the most possible solution to our problems globally.