Excerpt from Venus: One World Nearer Paradise?
This warning was contained in a research report handed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (nasa) with the recommendation that earthlings should prepare themselves mentally for the eventuality.
The report, prepared by the Brookings Institute, said While the discovery of intelligent life in other parts of the universe is not likely in the immediate future, it could nevertheless happen at any time.
Discovery of intelligent beings on other planets could lead to an all-out space effort by earth to contact them, or it could lead to sweeping changes or even the downfall of civilization, the report said.
Even on earth, it added, Societies sure of their own place have disintegrated when confronted by a superior society, and others have survived even though changed.
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