Contrary to popular opinion, it appears mankind might not panic after all if we came across aliens, according to a new study.
To scientists major surprise, mankind might not be utterly terrified and thrown into a panic were we to discover the existence of alien life, but rather hopeful and excited, a remarkable new study has found. Researchers at Arizona State University have found that in reality, people would have a very relaxed attitude about the finding.
Michael Varnum, who led the research, analyzed newspaper articles on recent alien-related discoveries, like the mystery over the dimming of “Tabby’s Star” and the finding of planets around Trappist-1. He discovered that the articles typically conveyed emotions like hope and excitement rather than fear or anything negative.
In addition, researhers surveyed 500 people and asked them to guess how they would react were we to find alien life beyond Earth. Once again, they found more excitement and hope rather than fear and negative emotions.
“If we came face to face with life outside of Earth, we would actually be pretty upbeat about it,” said Arizona State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Varnum. “So far, there’s been a lot of speculation about how we might respond to this kind of news, but until now, almost no systematic empirical research.”