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intelligence) may be far less startling for generations brought up with word processors, electronic
calculators, avatars and cell phones as compared with earlier generations used to typewriters, slide rules,
pay phones and rag dolls.' People had been getting used to the idea of ET since the Seti (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) project first began listening out for alien radio signals 50 years ago, said Dr
Harrison. Today, surveys suggested half the population of the US and Europe believe extra-terrestrials exist,
and a 'substantial proportion' were convinced alien spacecraft had already visited the Earth. In North
America and Europe at least, neither the discovery of an alien specimen nor the detection of a 'dial
tone at a distance' were likely to lead to 'widespread psychological disintegration and collapse'.
Evidence suggests people 'expect a millennial rather than catastrophic event, and feel prepared for the
discovery', said Dr Harrison. Papers from a range of experts were published in a special edition of
Philosophical Transactions devoted to extra-terrestrial life, with many scientists arguing that given the right
conditions, Earth-like life could evolve the same way everywhere. Almost half of polled people expect to be friends with aliens
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But only 9 percent said they believed there were any aliens near the HaleBopp comet, which recently passed
close enough to Earth to be seen with the naked eye. Some ufologists believed a spacecraft was hidden near
the comet, and members of the Heavens Gate cult committed suicide, believing that they would be taken
aboard the craft and returned home. What happened in Roswell As for the Roswell incident, nearly twothirds
of the respondents to the poll said they believed that a UFO crashlanded in a field outside the New Mexico
town 50 years ago next month. In one of the most famous UFO sightings in U.S. history, Roswell residents in
1947 saw lights in the night sky, followed by a loud explosion. A rancher found the crash site and removed a
large piece of debris, storing it in his shed. A few days later, Air Force officials from nearby Roswell Air
Force Base inspected the site and the debris, and issued a press release announcing the recovery of a flying
disc. The Air Force quickly retracted that statement, and claimed the debris was from a weather balloon. But
countless statements some from military personnel appeared to contradict the Air Forces revised position.
And several witnesses claimed to have seen bodies of dead aliens whisked away by the military. Roswell
today capitalizes on its fame as a UFO crash site whether or not it actually happened and is hosting a 50th
anniversary celebration the first week of July. Most people 91 percent told the pollsters that they had never
had contact with aliens or known anyone who had. A similar number 93 percent...
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