Sunday, 26 September 2010

Today as I was scrolling through the news, one very interesting article caught my attention.

What's it about you ask? "The UN is to appoint an astrophysicist to be the first contact for any aliens".

Yay! Let's work together, humans and aliens.

Yes, you read it right! So when an alien life form finally arrives on Earth, they should be meeting 'an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist'. Those are not my words, but yes, an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist by the name of Mazlan Othman.

Some would argue that the job should fall to the US president, the leaders of Russia or the European Union. Others might suggest the Pope. One thing is certain: humanity's lack of a leader would not make a good impression.

Instead the UN is set to select an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist who is head of its little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa).

Mazlan Othman will describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society's Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She will 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 co-ordinate humanity's response to any “first contact”.

I don't know which am I more insulted by, that this came out in Australian newspapers and not in Malaysian ones, or that they called the astrophysicist obscure. Granted, I've not heard of her either, but it seems that in Australia anyone who isn't in Australian newspapers are... unimportant. Or that's the impression that I get, anyway.

And I really don't see why the President of the US should be the first point of contact. If Mazlan Othman isn't suitable, then shouldn't the head of the UN be the first point of contact? I mean, it is the United Nations, where all the nations come under one roof. While many will say it's no different from having Obama meet the aliens (should they arrive), it still shows more of a united front. And Mazlan isn't the leader, she's just... an ambassador of sorts.

But thinking of the situation where aliens come to Earth really is funny. I mean, can you even imagine an alien on Earth?

What if one alien survived a crash, and wants to go back?

Can you imagine this scene in real life?

What if the aliens are alien-human hybrids with superhuman powers? Are we going to grant them permanent residency status? Or citizenship as Earthlings?

Can you really, really, imagine people looking like us, being aliens? "They're among us..."

Or, worst yet... what if they don't come in peace? What if their motive is to enslave Earth and bring us back to their home planet as slaves?

That's really disgusting, by the way. And you can't really tell what you're looking at, although I know it's the head since I've watched the movie (Star Kid).

Or what if they come in huge batches, like the ones from District 9 (by the way, that movie's really disgusting)?

Our world seems to be populated by alien culture already. They're always there, in popular culture.Whether it's a movie, book, or television series, aliens have always existed in our lives. So having aliens come to Earth would definitely be... intriguing to say the least. I wonder how racists will react. And should you ever see an alien, don't forget to inform Mazlan... if you're not locked up at Hospital Bahagia first!

Have a great week ahead folks!
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