Suppose NASA did actually find out that advanced alien life in our solar system existed, would they REALLY want to disclose the truth to the public?
Would they really?
I mean, consider the geopolitical, economical, religious and social impact here.
Be honest /sci/.
Pretty much everyone working at NASA is passionate about space exploration. The massive hike in public support and financing would be too much to pass up on. I really don't think you can tell NASA to just 'keep it quiet' when they discover alien live.
There would be panic in the streets and alot of bloodshed if we reveal it to the masses too quickly... this is the Agreement for helping them remain hidden from our primative cultures.
The fact all it takes is just one tweet to spread like wildfire to millions of people, it would be literally impossible to prevent leaks, especially if its some pretty convincing visual or auditory evidence.
There would most likely be short-term chaos in the stock market due to the perceived uncertainty of trying to predict whether the advanced civilization out there would open up a gateway of untold riches of intergalactic trade... or whether they're just gonna come invade our planet.
>disclose the truth to the public?
Will not happen until something happens,
something leading to loss of control.
I can see radical religious sects starting to kill each other over what the aliens are, ie, if they're gods or not, who's gods they are, what god they worship if they aren't actually gods
The middle east would become a desolate flatland of glass if we were contacted by intelligent alien life tomorrow. I'd be willing to put money on that.
there would be no reason not to actually. And i really don't think it would disrupt religions all that too much, considering how much doctrine can differ from original text.
What I would be more worried about is detecting a more advanced civilization's radio broadcasts/visual images/actually seeing a spaceship moving about from many lightyears away, because by the time that light/radio reaches us that civilisiation could be more powerful than we could imagine, and that could be dangerous for us we begin leaving earth and these aliens see us a threat to current territory.
>advanced alien life in our solar system.
Anyone would be able to see it if it were in our solar system. NASA has the resources useful towards identifying anomalies far beyond our solar system, but every backyard astronomer for the past few thousands years has had the technology to spot advanced alien life within our solar system.
No, all the religious sects already figured this out. The idea of alien life isn't new, they've all given it considerable thought. They'd just call them 'demons' and go about their business.