A psychologist has claimed that the modern Earthlings will not be upset by proof showing that extra-terrestrial intelligence exists elsewhere in the universe.
Albert Harrison has said that the first contact with extra-terrestrials (ET), or the discovery of ancient alien relics on Earth or Mars, would probably be met with delight or indifference today, reports the Scotsman.
"The discovery of ETI (extra-terrestrial intelligence] may be far less startling for generations that have been brought up with word processors, electronic calculators, avatars and cell phones as compared with earlier generations," said Harrison.
According to the expert, surveys have suggested that half the population of the US and Europe believes extra-terrestrials exist, and a "substantial proportion" were convinced alien spacecraft had already visited the Earth.
Evidence has suggested that people "feel prepared for the discovery", said Harrison.
The claim has been published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.