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[FORUM] How would you react if KIC 8462852 turned out to host alien megastructures?

I’ve posted a bit over the past few days about the mysteries of KIC 8462852–is it wholly natural? might it host megastructures built by some unbelievably advanced extraterrestrial civilizations?–because it is such a fascinating idea. The Fermi paradox, the apparent absence of extraterrestrial intelligences in our local environment for no apparent reason, is a real and even worrying issue. It would be almost a relief to find out that the paradox’s answer is not that the Great Filter will cut everyone down, but that we just happen to live in a galactic periphery.

How would I react if KIC 8462852 turned out to host alien megastructures? Continuing the theme of this 2012 [FORUM] post, I would be unreservedly pleased. This would suggest that it might actually be possible for us to survive, and thrive, far into the future. The prospect of any actual threat coming from five hundred parsecs’ distance is something I discount, if only because the likely power of a civilization capable of building megastructures is so overwhelming. If they wanted to get rid of us, they could have done it already.

What say you?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2015 at 11:19 pm

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