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2nd March 2012, 00:41
Admittedly while, both me and the ET/ED's I've been in contact with do not fully agree with everything said in this article, I decided to post it here because it was written by Allen Tough Phd, and gives a good straight forward perspective and pulls it all neatly together in a form that is easy for MOST people to understand.

And, really gives the reader an general idea of just exactly how advanced those that are out there really are. And how, for example they really do lack "hidden agendas" (which is purely an Terran/3D concept), and what the future will potentially be like with their being a part of it. And has some really good information in general.

Especially where I don't agree with it, is it still presents those ET/ED's up there as though they are almost "Gods", and they aren't. They still make mistakes, they still have bad moods, they still have technical difficulties with their technology. Murphy's Law still has it's way even in the upper dimensions.

But, I think the information and perspective is important and needs to be shared.

This paper was originally published in the 'Journal of the British Interplanetary Society', Vol. 39, pp 491-498 (November, 1986). Thanks to Robert Bradbury for creating this version in 1998 and for serving as its HTML Editor. Some of the ideas also appeared in 1991 in a chapter of my book Crucial Questions About the Future, but most of the ideas in sections 4 and 5 (below) did not appear in the book and have never appeared anywhere else.

What Role Will Extraterrestrials Play In Humanity's Future? (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_galacticdiplomacy_04.htm)

Excerpt Here:

Because their capacities are probably highly advanced, some extraterrestrial species may be using unobtrusive methods of observing humankind and other fledgling civilizations in this Galaxy. The amount of help they want to give to such civilizations is probably quite significant. Their help could be of three types: instant intervention to avoid a nuclear holocaust or other imminent catastrophe: long-term help in reducing grave dangers; and help in improving non-dangerous spheres of life.

Sooner or later, unless we extinguish ourselves first, advanced extraterrestrials will have an enormous impact on humankind. Even during the next 30 years, the probability of contact of interaction may be one in four.

Given these conclusions, what should we do next? Thirteen possible strategies are outlined. The likelihood and benefits of success are estimated for each strategy, then its overall priority is rated. At present, seven of the eight highest priority strategies remain neglected and unfunded.


What role will highly advanced extraterrestrials play in our future? In particular, what forms of contact will occur, when, and with what impact on us?

We cannot answer these questions with complete confidence, nor with a wealth of accurate detail. We can, however, gain major insights through thoughtful, disciplined inquiry into such questions. Such insights can, in turn, alter our current priorities.

Indeed, the final section of this paper points out a strange imbalance among our current priorities: a single strategy is reasonably well funded while five higher priority strategies (and two that are equal) receive virtually no attention and funding. The study of advanced life in our Galaxy is an incredibly important field for a variety of reasons, such as the significant context it provides for understanding humanity's meaning and purpose, the practical benefits from contact or Interaction with an advanced civilization, and the major role that such contact will probably play in the unfolding of humanity's future.

At present, much of the literature and funding in this field is devoted to a single strategy (searching the electromagnetic spectrum for distant messages). At this early stage in the development of the field, it seems strange to plunge ahead with only one form of data collection, even though it is an attractive and potentially beneficial approach. Sending radio messages may not be an alien civilization's first choice of method for interacting with us. Examining the likely behaviour and capacities of extraterrestrials can lead us to add seven other reasonably high priority strategies to our efforts, as we will see in the final section.

We begin this paper with the assumption that there are some advanced extraterrestrials beings in this Galaxy. That is, at least one nonhuman species has evolved into one or more advanced civilizations and perhaps even beyond into some post-civilization form. We will return to this assumption in Section 6.

Our central question is the role that these advanced extraterrestrials will likely play in humanity's future. Before we can tackle that question, however, we must first tackle two other questions that provide a necessary foundation. First, what capacities are advanced extraterrestrial beings likely to possess? Second, what is their likely behavior toward us?


Most extraterrestrial civilizations in our Galaxy today have advanced at least 10,000 years beyond humanity's current level of development. A thorough search of recent literature did not discover any claim that many extraterrestrial civilizations are less advanced than that. In fact, the specific numbers in most calculations of the number ("N") of technological civilizations in the Galaxy indicate that some civilizations are 100,000 or even millions of years more advanced than we are.

This should not surprise us, since several species (though not civilizations) on our own planet are 300,000,000 years older than we are [1]. Some civilizations presumably fail to survive once they discover nuclear weapons or other means of extinction, but surely others learn to cope successfully with this problem and then survive for a very long time.

We cannot at present be certain about the particular capacities of highly advanced civilizations in the Galaxy. We can, however, make some thoughtful guesses based on established human knowledge (such as history and futures studies) combined with intelligent speculation.

Our own progress in several areas of life has been very dramatic over the past 10,000 years. If we survive another 10,000 years, it is highly likely that we will again make dramatic progress in several areas. When we turn our attention to other civilizations that are 10,000 or perhaps even a million years older than we are, there can be little doubt that some of them will be far beyond us in their biological, mental, technological, psychic, communication, or travel capacities.

Also, because they originated in bodies, physical environments, and social environments that are highly different from ours, their patterns of perceiving, thinking, and relating may be vastly different from ours.

It is highly likely, therefore, that many of the capacities in the flowing list have already been developed by one advanced civilization or another in our Galaxy. It is unlikely that any one civilization will have all of the listed capacities: it is quite probable, though, that each of these capacities (with one or two exceptions) now exists somewhere in our Galaxy.

We ourselves will probably possess many of these capacities someday if we continue to develop for another 10,000 or 1,000,000 years. Indeed, the list is based partly on the thoughtful writing of various authors about the long-term future of humankind, which has been one of the author's professional interests for the past ten years.

Probable capacities in one civilization or another include the following:

virtually unlimited energy (solar, nuclear, etc.)

technology and know-how that are so advanced that they would appear to us as miraculous

enormously evolved individual brainpower linked with an implanted twentieth-generation computer

the capacity to live and travel anywhere in space, probably approaching and perhaps surpassing the speed of light

elimination of individual and collective behaviour that is violent, destructive, or harmful
loving cooperation, altruism, and compassion combined with sensible public decision-making individual self-understanding, self-acceptance, and mental health that are very high, along with the skill of relating effectively and harmoniously with members of one's own species excellent skill (at least among the members of specially trained intercultural teams) at interacting with vastly different species and cultures knowledge and wisdom unimaginable to us excellent control over biological reproduction and evolution, including very healthy long-lived bodies and super-capacity brains the technological and/or psychic ability to send information, receive information, detect, and observe across vast distances at the speed of light or even faster the technological/psychic ability to covertly influence an individual's thoughts, images, motives, and experiences the technological/psychic ability to influence virtually any object, and to transfer one's body or consciousness instantly from one place to another organic or psychic connections to other members of the species, or to a central organism or brain extremely rapid, accurate, versatile, and powerful weapons.

Such a list may strike us as unbelievable when we first read it. Would a human being 10,000 years ago, though, have reacted any differently to a list of our present capacities? Airplanes, astronauts, Moon-walks, telescopes, selective breeding, television, electricity, microbes, hospitals, DNA, computers, universities, skyscrapers, cordless telephones, nuclear weapons, the United Nations, taxes, and many other aspects of today's world would have been dismissed 10,000 years ago as ridiculous or impossible.

That was the time when the Ice Age ended, humanity's main crops became domesticated, and the world's first town arose. Pigs, cattle, and horses bad not yet been tamed 10,000 years ago. Weaving, wagon wheels, and writing had not yet been invented. The Bronze Age and Iron Age had not yet begun. Stone buildings, philosophy, and science still lay in the future [1]. No wonder the people of 10,000 years ago could not have anticipated today's capacities. For us, in turn, the actual capacities of a civilization 10,000 or a million years beyond us will probably make my list seem unimaginative.

Will surveillance, communication, or travel ever be faster than the speed of light? As our understanding of the laws of physics is expanded, we may discover physical principles far beyond what we now imagine.

James Trefil has declared,

"It is presumptuous of us to suppose, on the basis of three hundred years of experience with science, that barriers that appear insurmountable to us will remain insurmountable 30 million years from now" [2]

Peter Sturrock, too, has said,

"The laws of gravitation and motion have been known for only about 300 years, electromagnetism for about 100 years, and quantum theory and relativity for only about 50 years. Why should we believe that, if scientists were to continue working for another million years, there would not be comparable revolutions or revelations?" [3]

In 2010 Arthur C. Clarke gives us a glimpse of the transformations that may occur in a highly advanced civilization (or whatever succeeds a civilization as its next stage). One species in that novel, beginning as flesh and blood, eventually learned to transfer their brains and then their thoughts into shiny new homes of metal and plastic. Then they learned, "to store knowledge in the structure of space itself, and to preserve their thoughts for eternity in frozen lattices of light. They could become creatures of radiation, free at last from the tyranny of matter. Into pure energy, therefore, they presently transformed themselves... They could rove at will among the stars and sink like a subtle mist through the very interstices of space" [4]

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