Friday, March 9, 2012

Morgan Freeman, We Are Not Alone, Aliens May Be Hostile, Video

Morgan Freeman, We Are Not Alone

We can't be': Morgan Freeman believes we are not alone in the universe and warns that extraterrestrial life could be hostile

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman is convinced that there are more lifeforms to be discovered in the universe and that extraterrestrial life could be ‘hostile’ when we first meet.

'Whoever shows up here may be a totally benign force looking for life in the universe,' he told The Huffington Post.

'But if we show up someplace and they think of us as hostile, then they may be hostile. And that’s another kettle of fish.'
Freeman was exploring the question of whether we are alone in the universe for the latest episode of the Science Channel series Through the Wormhole that he narrates.

The episode, titled 'Will we survive first contact?', tackles topics ranging from the creative ways scientists are honing their search for extraterrestrial life to the possibility that aliens might prove to be warriors or ruthless predators.

Whether friend or foe, Freeman is convinced that extraterrestrial life does exist.

'The question of if we’re alone only occurs to you every now and then, when you look up and say, "Oh goodness, this can’t be all there is,"' he said.

'If you are going to try to logically answer the question of if we’re alone in the universe, the answer is, "We can’t be."'

Of course, before we meet any aliens, it's likely that we'll first communicate with them from a distance, as the show explores.

How can we possibly tell which signals of the never-ending stream of signals from deep space are intergalactic gibberish and which are legitimate evidence of alien life?

In the episode a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) scientist, Dr. Laurance R. Doyle, explains how a slope of a line representing the frequency of individual signals within a stream of signals indicates whether the stream contains 'linguistic or knowledge content.'

This theory could help decipher any messages that might be beamed our way by aliens, or so the argument goes.

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