Albert Harrison (psychologist)
Albert ('"Al") Harrison (1940–2015), was a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Davis whose research focused on how the discovery of extraterrestrial life would impact human society.
Harrison argued that it would be “foolish and negligent” to fail to anticipate nativist and extremist reactions by humanity against extraterrestrial life in the formulation of post-detection policies and plans.
Harrison also thought wrote on the potential cultural impact of extraterrestrial contact, arguing that a highly advanced civilization might teach humanity such things as a physical theory of everything, how to use zero-point energy, or how to travel faster than light.
- "Albert Harrison, 1940 - 2015". SETI. 2015. Archived from the original on 21 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "UC Davis Psychology, Albert Harrison". Archived from the original on 2012-12-25. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Albert A. Harrison, “Rethinking our Place in the Universe: Exploring the Societal Implications of NASA’s Astrobiology Program,” Space Times, January–February 2002, 4–9, 6.
- Harrison, Albert & Steven Dick (July 2000). "Contact: Long-Term Implications for Humanity" (PDF). In Tough, Allen (ed.). When SETI Succeeds: The Impact of High-Information Contact. pp. 7–29. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012.