Speaking of weirdness, this just came down the mojo wire at Signs Of The Times: UN to Appoint Earth Contact for Aliens. No, it is not a headline from The Onion. This is the human person chosen to represent us at the “take us to your leader” moment.
The United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.
Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.
This release has the weirdotron beeping all over the place. Not only because the nominal justification about planets and stars being recently discovered is lame –we already knew there were lots of other stars and planets out there– but also because it uses the term “first contact” in a more or less official way.
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs is nominally dedicated to regulating human activities in outer space, from satellites to exploration missions. Now Ms. Mazlan Othman has been publicly tasked with preparing for a first contact scenario because we have just sort of realized that, well, the Universe is a big place. Hmmm….
Taking into account that most experts believe that first contact with alien life forms will happen at the microbial level, it seems rather pointless to appoint a head official to coordinate it, even for an organization as byzantine as the UN.
Common sense suggests this appointment is just the opening act of a script which is still being written. What exactly the play is about, however, remains to be seen. One may think that it’s about real contact with real aliens, but that may be precisely what they want us to think. Another darker and more terrenal possibility is that it’s about staging an event to scare humanity into a one world government. Maybe it’s about both these possibilities combined; an alien-human plot to harvest humanity as food and… oh wait, been there done that.
If indeed there exist advanced extraterrestrial civilizations capable of reaching Earth, chances are first contact was made a long time ago. Or was the Mayan astronaut just a myth to invoke fear and respect among the populace?
The choice, as always, is yours. So live long and prosper… Diana likes ’em chewy!
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