The aliens are coming! Look busy…
Later this year, The Psychologist is hoping to publish an 'Out of this world' special issue [update: now published!]. As part of that, we would like to include a truly participatory piece which uses our website to seek views from all corners of our wonderfully diverse discipline.
So the question is this:
If we had credible warning of an imminent alien invasion, how would humanity - and psychologists - react?
I am fully aware this is an 'out there' question, but I'm also convinced some pretty serious psychology could be brought to bear on it. Would this be the ultimate opportunity for psychology and psychologists to really step up to the plate, to demonstrate diverse and practical contributions from right across the field?
Members of the British Psychological Society can log on to leave their comments below - these can be anything from 1 to 800 words. We may then lift or edit these for publication in print. If you are not a member, a) you really should be - you can join as an affiliate or e-subscriber from just £12, and b) you can e-mail your thoughts to me.
Please note that for the purposes of this thought exercise we are assuming hostile intent - it's simply more fun that way. But if you're one of these optimists we have heard so much about, feel free to answer as if they're all going to arrive bearing cakes and better phone batteries.
I look forward to your thoughts!
Dr Jon Sutton
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