Not exactly, according to a study published in Acta Astronautica. Spanish researchers from the University of Cádiz surveyed more than 100 students, assessing their knowledge of astronomy, belief in extraterrestrial contact, and religious ties. The results indicate a general level of ignorance about Earth’s place in the cosmos and that people would be influenced by their religious beliefs if extraterrestrial contact occurred. The survey was conducted as scientists begin to consider sending messages with Earth’s location into space.
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