So What Really Goes Down if We Find the Aliens?

September 26, 2014 5:12 PM

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If we trip across life that's not of this world, do we blast it or befriend it? What impact would it have on our society?

This was the topic of a two-day symposium held at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress last week. Several dozen researchers - astronomers, philosophers, theologians, biologists, historians, and other tweed-jacketed specialists - opined on what might happen should we find we're not alo...

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