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article imageAmericans conflicted on whether or not we should contact aliens

By Alex Allen     Nov 2, 2014 in Science
If aliens exist, should we try to get in touch with them? According to a new poll, many Americans think it would be a bad idea.
Boyd Bushman recently rocked the paranormal world with his "deathbed confession" video in which he made claims about his knowledge of alien lifeforms and Area 51. Despite the claims of Bushman and others and the extensive research and conclusions by many scientists and paranormal investigators, however, Americans are still somewhat divided on whether or not they believe alien lifeforms exist. A new YouGov.com poll concludes that approximately 50 percent of Americans believe there is intelligent life on other planets. Shockingly, only 19 percent of those surveyed said they did not believe in intelligent alien life, with the other 31 percent saying they weren't sure.
The next question on the YouGov survey was, "Do you think it would be possible for humans to make contact with intelligent life on other planets, or not?" The results on this question were practically parallel with the results of the first question, with 46 percent saying yes, 23 percent saying no and 31 percent saying they weren't sure. Next, the survey asked whether it is a good or bad idea for scientists to try to contact alien life. Americans are a little more conflicted on this issue, with only 37 percent saying they thought it was a good idea.
According to the results, the reasoning behind contact with aliens being a bad idea varied among different survey takers. Many believe that we could accidentally get in touch with unfriendly aliens while others believe it would be a waste of money. Some even said they don't believe we have the right technology to properly contact aliens.
So are we alone in the universe? Is there intelligent life outside of planet Earth? What should we do if and when we find other lifeforms? Perhaps one day we will find some definite answers to these questions but for now, we'll just have to speculate.
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