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While we're trying to get aliens' attention with active SETI, we need to keep in mind that we talk to aliens at our own risk.
Ufologists seem convinced that NASA is trying to distort an image showing a gigantic alien spaceship shaped like an X floating through the solar system.
The more spread out an alien species is across the cosmos, the easier it would be to find and contact them. But how widespread could an alien civilization be?
Unfortunately, District 9 seems like a realistic look at how we'd treat an alien species that can't really defend itself from us.
Ufologists love to talk about the rumored alien battle over Nuremberg, Germany in 1561. But there's no evidence it actually happened or that the cited sources ever existed.
Based on the premise of SETI, if we do start talking to aliens, the ensuing conversation could get awkward very quickly...
As we scream into space to get the attention of extraterrestrial life, we should remember there may be monsters out there.