A NASA-affiliated scientist is asking: Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? The paper, published in the journal Acta Astronautica, theorizes that extraterrestrial environmentalists may destroy humanity to save the planet.

After all, if human tree huggers are willing “to advocate harm to their own civilization by drawing upon universalist ethical principles, then it is at a minimum plausible that ETI [extraterrestrial intelligence] could advocate harm to humanity following similar principles,” reasons the researcher.

An Inconvenient Movie

Ironically, Al Gore’s documentary about the dangers of global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, may be what dooms us all. The paper recommends we censor the media from broadcasting any incriminating evidence of our negative environmental impact, however movies like this have been leaking into space for years so it may already be too late.

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