This has been on my mind for some time now. I recently read this article and it really got me thinking: http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/sci-tech/scientists-debate-sending-out-signals-for-alien-life-1.2235312 The Voyagers will soon drift into the far reaches of interstellar space, and NASA has installed all forms of information on them, ranging from the location of our planet to human culture snippets. Thousands of radio signals have already been sent into the far reaches of distant star systems, and the SETI projects continue to do so even today. Is this not a HUGE gamble that we are taking? Everyone (I daresay even half the population) does not agree with sending information of our existence out there. Yes, perhaps it's a faster way of coming into contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life, but who knows what is waiting out there for us? Is the curiosity really worth it? We could potential be erased off the planet if miscommunication occurs or if the first intelligent E.T. to come in contact with us turn out to be barbaric in nature. I really don't think we have the resources to be prepared for dealing with a situation of this magnitude if things go awry, considering how engrossed we are in dealing with conflicts among us over a variety of (seemingly trivial in comparison to a space war) issues. What do you all have to say about this(and the article)? Note: The intention of creating this thread is to have a healthy, constructive talk.