Should we send messages to extraterrestrials?

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Should we send messages to extraterrestrials?
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Should we send messages to contact extraterrestrial civilizations? or should we hide our presence from them?

Some people prefer to listen for alien communications without sending messages that indicate our existence: their attempts are called SETI (searching for extraterrestrial intelligence).

But some other people prefer to send messages to locations where extraterrestrials may live, giving our location and inviting them to communicate: their attempts are called METI (messaging extraterrestrial intelligence).

If you prefer to hide from them and I decided to contact them, do you think you should stop me? Should we have a law against contacting extraterrestrials without permission by the government? Should a powerful country like the US or maybe an organization like the UN decide which countries are allowed to contact the extraterrestrials? I believe every individual, group or country should have the right to contact the aliens without permission by anyone, because I think it is a free speech issue.

Do you believe aliens could be hostile and attack us? Or that we could be hostile to them and attack them?

Stephen Hawking says aliens might be hostile and attack us if we give out our location and he suggests we hide from them. Even Carl Sagan said that METI (giving our location to the aliens) is immature and unwise. But I disagree with such views. I'm so curious to find out about aliens that I'd be willing to risk it. I think sending messages with our location is a good idea because it will make it easier to find aliens. I just hope they won't be hostile!

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