Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute

Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute

 

Survey information by YouGov research reveals that majorities of the public in Britain, Germany and the U.S. believe that living creatures who have the ability to communicate and do not come from Earth do exist.

“You are not alone: most people believe that aliens exist” is the title of the YouGov data set posted last month by the group’s Will Dahlgreen.

POLL 1

 

 

Fermi Paradox: Where are they?

YouGov notes that Stephen Hawking has described the search for extra-terrestrial life as “the most exciting quest in 21st-century science” and backed a new project, the Breakthrough Initiative. It is the largest effort yet to search for alien intelligence.

A particularly interesting aspect of the research focuses on the Fermi Paradox.

The Fermi Paradox explores the idea that the lack of evidence for intelligent life contradicts the incredibly low chance that ours is the only planet where it exists in the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planet universe.

Among Americans who believe in extra-terrestrial life, backwards human technology (42%) is the reason why we have not contacted other intelligent life forms, YouGov finds.

 

POLL 2

Concealing contact

As noted in the research, one conspiratorial possibility is that we have contacted intelligent life but the government has covered it up.

Nearly a third of Americans (30%) believe that the government has deliberately concealed contact with aliens from us.

The research also looks into the recently announced project by the Breakthrough Initiative that aims to send a digital message describing life on Earth to other intelligent civilizations distant from our planet.

“Scientists are now unsure on whether they should contact extra-terrestrial intelligent life,” observes YouGov.

Digital message

“The question still remains of whether it’s a good idea to even try to contact alien life – Hollywood at least would suggest it probably is not,” the YouGov research explains.

Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the search, receiving roughly $2 million per year for 5 years. The 100-meter GBT is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, located in West Virginia. Credit: NSF

Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the search, receiving roughly $2 million per year for 5 years. The 100-meter GBT is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, located in West Virginia.
Credit: NSF

The YouGov question asked: On balance, do you think the digital message should be sent?

Their finding: Americans tend to say we should send a digital message describing life on Earth to other civilizations.

However, (43% say we should, 31% say we should not) and men (48%) are more supportive on the idea than women (39%).

Resources

YouGov is a leading online market research company based in the UK.

“Our mission is to supply a live stream of continuous and accurate data and insight into what people are thinking and doing all over the world, all of the time, so that companies, governments and institutions can better serve the people that sustain them.”

The new research on ET contact involved a sample of 1,000 adult interviews carried out September 14 – 16, 2015.

For full details on this intriguing YouGov ET survey, go to:

https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/09/28/you-are-not-alone-most-people-believe-aliens-exist/

Also go to:

Breakthrough Search for ET: A “Major Escalation” in Looking for Other Starfolk

http://www.leonarddavid.com/breakthrough-search-for-et-a-major-escalation-in-looking-for-other-starfolk/

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