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Is there an alien contact protocol?

Asked by Master (1358 points ) April 23rd, 2009

I don’t know of any agency, besides SETI perhaps, who has developed a set of rules or protocol in the event of alien contact. Whether it is us contacting them or vise-versa.
What would we say? What would we share? How do we establish trust?

What would you suggest?

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gailcalled's avatar

Read the fine print and don’t sign anything without a lawyer present.

Oops. You said “Contact.”

kevbo's avatar

FEMA has one.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Hand out some Cubans and pour some Scotch and let nature takes its course.

loser's avatar

Bring pizza and beer!

lillycoyote's avatar

Trust but verify.

chyna's avatar

Do not, under any circumstances, let them do any testing on you. People that do tend to come back and tell it to the National Enquirer.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Can you post the rules or link that SETI has? I’d like to read them.

I would say use caution and peaceful behavior at first. Be open about one’s concerns and motives would be another. And also tell everyone! instead of keeping it “secret”. :)

gailcalled's avatar

Instead of pizza and beer, you may need methane in cannisters and silicon salad.

SETI No info listed yet on “Meet and Greet” protocols.

Darwin's avatar

Be careful and never go off with them in their ships if you see them carrying around copies of the book To Serve Man.

My apologies to Damon Knight.

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Master Thanx. That certainly was interesting to read. Now they should write one on how to interact with such signal. I also think they should have put notify the public of the possibility before notifying everyone else. I feel as if this did happen and the government was notified then they’d put a hush on it before the general public even became aware.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Steven Spielberg covered it pretty well in the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. They’re going to set up a landing site on the other side of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and they’re going to play that nifty set of 5 tones on a massive synthesizer until E.T. comes out to play after the aliens land the mothership.

Lupin's avatar

The Voyager probes had a clever protocol for contact and communication. They started from binary and moved to hydrogen, helium, the earth and its inhabitants.
Smart folks. Hey! Did you hear that? What’s that soun-....

TheKNYHT's avatar

Red alert! Shields up, sensors on long range, phasers on full power, stand by on quantum torpedos, prepare warp drive!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

With the US it would most likely be if they could not speak English or a language that could be understood, the jets would be in the air and the missiles armed. And if that failed the nukes would be waiting.

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