Watch sky for strange object stltoday.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Foiling pirates from outer space mnn.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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January 15, 2010
Or even 2010.
This is not, I repeat, a science fiction movie.
A spacecraft is hovering near Yankee Stadium, in the middle of the Red Sox series, and they don't even have tickets. Or, less important, a visa.
The fundamental rights of life and liberty in the U.S. are granted under Constitutional provisions.
The most important question, then, is whether the extraterrestrial
visitor would qualify as a person or merely as an animal under our laws.
Andrew G. Haley, general counsel of the American Rocket Society, was the world's first space lawyer.
When the Society held its eleventh annual meeting in 1956, Mr. Haley delivered an address on "The Present Day Developments in Space Law.”
Turned out there were practically none.
It was the beginnings of “Metalaw," a word he coined, from the Greek, “meta,” meaning beyond our present frame of reference.
Haley had some complicated premise of reversing the Golden Rule and advocating that we treat ETs as they want to be treated.
Since if, “We apply the rules of man to outer space with our own earthly standards, we will be imposing our own beliefs on people that may be superior to us.”
In other words, treat them nice. Since if they got here, they're capable of anything.
(No doubt, they have some "Metalaws" for us too.)
Along comes Robert A. Freitas Jr., author of "Xenology," to take what Haley started and pose the question:
“When an alien lands on the White House lawn, who should greet him, her or it? Someone from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or someone from the Fish and Wildlife Commission?”
It depends, I guess, what they’re made of.
The new term is ETI for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
Dr. Ernst Fasan, an Austrian jurist enters the picture in 1970, with the first full-length book on the subject: "Relations with Alien Intelligences."
You know he's serious since he ties it in with Kant's Categorical Imperative, and makes basic assumptions about the character of the extraterrestrial creature —alive, three-dimensional and possessing a “will to live.”
He came up with 11 Rules of Metalaw—the first six alone could get the burgeoning field of space law off the ground:
No partner of Metalaw may demand an impossibility.
We need another space lawyer to interpret this one.
No rule of Metalaw must be complied with when compliance would result in the practical suicide of the obligated race.
As opposed to impractical?
All intelligent races of the universe have in principle equal rights and values.
Who determines intelligence?
Every partner of Metalaw has the right of self-determination.
Depends on what they want to determine.
Any act which causes harm to another race must be avoided.
Especially if it's us.
Every race is entitled to its own living space.
Should we clear out the local Holiday Inn?
Unfortunately, Freitas deplores that these "fine metalegal concepts have not found their way into American law."
So the question becomes, what will our present legal system do when the day of reckoning comes?
(And, in case, it is here already, I can understand why ETIs haven't come forward as they aren't protected under the law.)
At the very least, we'll have another group of lawyers to hate.
Xenology Home Page xenology.info Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Are Aliens Out There? Left- and Right-Handed Molecules May Hold the Answer popsci.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Metalaw and Interstellar Relations rfreitas.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.