How to Make First Contact

  • Published on Jan 17, 2017
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Comments • 8 140

  • Never Yield
    Never Yield 2 days ago

    The aliens will wonder how we reproduce, given that our women have no thigh gaps or genitalia.
    So they will get here to find out and be shocked how out of shape we actually are.

  • Richard Nedbalek
    Richard Nedbalek 6 days ago

    Insightful commentary. Enjoyed your vid!

  • Johnny Hensley
    Johnny Hensley 15 days ago

    I heard that france has a contact protocol to contact THEM

  • RandomGuineaPig Aviation

    10:30 are we?

  • NEO O
    NEO O Month ago

    They already found us.

  • JWPemperor
    JWPemperor Month ago

    If a civilisation build solar panels above their sun, who says they would be turning as on the vid. 1:49 - 2:23
    Maybe they would be steady at one place

  • Du Duu
    Du Duu Month ago +1

    what a load of BS,

  • Ian8lisle
    Ian8lisle Month ago

    "How to Make First Contact" easy, just go to area 51 September 20th!

  • Shay
    Shay Month ago

    i will do you fuck?

  • Pierre Poirier
    Pierre Poirier Month ago

    What if aliens communicate by farting, then what?

  • Faded_specter
    Faded_specter 2 months ago

    Him:What is the first question you’d ask?
    Me: what’s up bro?

  • infinitecanadian
    infinitecanadian 2 months ago

    How could you know that aliens wouldn't have hands? How could they operate a spacecraft without hands?

  • Duarte Coelho
    Duarte Coelho 2 months ago

    First message: “Minecraft is better than Fortnite”

  • vinzent1992
    vinzent1992 2 months ago

    We can't assume that they will know that buildings and artificial lighting are not natural occurrences on earth? Bullshit! if they are intelligent enough to have achieved interstellar travel then they are also intelligent enough to realize that if nature builds something out of bricks it doesn't use rectangular ones as that is not an efficient shape, and they would also realize that nature doesn't stack semiconductor materials inside a tiny plastic package and then put 100s of them on a plate of fiber glass reinforced epoxy just to create light (leds on an fr4 pcb). In other words; We humans do not build things the way nature does, and any intelligent species would recognize that.

  • Sheeporama
    Sheeporama 2 months ago

    Wendover productions: we need to go on the offensive. Shows areas 1 rocket, a very dangerous rocket

  • mafenza
    mafenza 2 months ago

    maybe they found us, think of all the plagues and diseases that continually pose a threat to human going on the offensive ain't such a workable solution

  • Sedat Mehmed
    Sedat Mehmed 2 months ago

    I think "the civilization that makes the contact destroys the other one" is very wrong conclusion. Why? Because the technological advancement is the determining factor, not who first made contact. Europeans indeed made the first contact but they were clearly superior in science and technology, which gave them the advantage. Situation wouldn't be much different if Columbus have received a letter in a bottle from Native Americans, they still would have been crushed

  • artsandrules
    artsandrules 2 months ago

    I'm sure someone already said this here, somewhere, but regarding language and meaning I think of "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" (Star Trek:The Next Generation) and much more recently, Arrival.

  • Paweł C.
    Paweł C. 2 months ago

    They dont want us to contact cause they are aware of our nasty nature

  • James Deacon Wisniewski

    *What do you ask?*

    Do u even lift, bro?

  • walterk1874
    walterk1874 2 months ago

    If you harvest the sunlight from your sun do you not put a dimmer switch on your planet.

  • niccatipay
    niccatipay 2 months ago

    Humans: Send N.O.D.S.
    Alien: da pack

  • Callum Smith
    Callum Smith 2 months ago

    If you believe bob lazar than we already have! i guess the better question is how do you inform the public

  • Joe Pickford
    Joe Pickford 2 months ago

    First question to an extraterrestrial being:
    Do you guys want BOFA?

  • persimmon
    persimmon 2 months ago

    Off in the distant future, an alien finds the probe and opens it.
    Alien: wtf is this shit??

  • Shayne Sangster
    Shayne Sangster 2 months ago

    How did you do progress to your current technological level without self-destructing your population?

  • Gungrave
    Gungrave 2 months ago

    Or maybe... we all live in a dark forest.

  • Ozymandias3505
    Ozymandias3505 2 months ago

    Suck its peen

  • Handsoff
    Handsoff 2 months ago

    Call Donald Trump

  • 司此雷
    司此雷 2 months ago

    1:55 btw , that satellite system which collect energy, is called a "Dyson sphere" Watch further more in kurzgesagt in a nut shell.

  • John Wallace
    John Wallace 2 months ago

    If we made something to send out today, how many genders would AOC include?

  • Nagytika
    Nagytika 2 months ago

    Yo, how it's going?

  • joe mamans
    joe mamans 2 months ago

    our predecessor would be the most questioned by a higher species, !who is our leader and why?!
    from there, the arising question of origin will most likely proceed, come to find out they are what we used to be.
    we are at peace!

  • Tricky Subject
    Tricky Subject 2 months ago

    Great, but can you put a fruit pastille in your mouth without chewing it? 😏

  • Fastlane 69
    Fastlane 69 2 months ago

    If it was me to ask them I would say:
    Hl3, when?

  • GamerbyDesign
    GamerbyDesign 2 months ago

    I think the first question should be about their propulsion system.

  • Mark Davison
    Mark Davison 2 months ago

    You accidentally proved your own point quay is pronounced key!

  • Daniel Mohl
    Daniel Mohl 2 months ago

    The first question is actually quite easy. It's so easy because we ask that almost every day, every time we meet someone, or when we hear, see, smell, taste or touch anything for the first time. It's the question that our brain asks constantly:
    "Are you a threat?"
    Every signal we get from our senses first passes through the region in our brain who's sole purpose is to determine if we are in danger. Even when we great each other, we say universally use a common phrase that is familiar to everyone around us to indicate that we are not hostile, so this is a logical first question.

  • Ahmed Elrasheed
    Ahmed Elrasheed 2 months ago

    An alien civilisation probably meet another alien civilisation. Then they either worked together or fought each other. I'm genuinely curious of what others think. Which one of these do you happened?

  • Victor Chavez
    Victor Chavez 2 months ago

    Wendover pro, can you do me a favor and remove the static logo of your channel from your videos? I have an AMOLED screen and don't want burn in on it. That is if you want us to continue watching your videos.

  • Klandalf The White
    Klandalf The White 2 months ago

    Surely if we projected a message into the middle of bum fuck nowhere space, the receiving alien would at least infer that we had figured out Pythagoras at the very least

  • LOL?
    LOL? 2 months ago

    How do we distinguish new physics from an alien observation?

  • Stormboxer
    Stormboxer 2 months ago +1

    Alien: *Holds pioneer plaque upside down*
    Alien: “Damn these guys are ugly”

  • Stormboxer
    Stormboxer 2 months ago +1

    Alien officer: SHOOT IT DOWN!!

  • j D
    j D 2 months ago +1

    Do you know jesus christ as your savior

  • T_Nation
    T_Nation 2 months ago

    When he started talking about humans needing to demonstrate their intelligence, I was expecting an ad for Brilliant.

  • Jacob Singleton
    Jacob Singleton 2 months ago +1

    Yes let’s let the aliens pull out their hydrogen spin flip frequency transmitters to make communication.

  • Aggelos Adam
    Aggelos Adam 2 months ago


  • BariumCobaltNitrog3n
    BariumCobaltNitrog3n 2 months ago

    If a lion could speak, he would say, "I'm going to eat you...RUN!"

  • Emre Van haute
    Emre Van haute 2 months ago

    I would ask: are you gay😂

  • Crown
    Crown 2 months ago

    I would ask if they'd like to try some McDonalds, eat fries in front of them so they would know it wasn't dangerous, and proceed to troll the f*** out of their entire race by pretending to choke and die after nomming down on the first fry. They'd never eat McDonalds.

  • T. Mitchell
    T. Mitchell 2 months ago

    “We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

  • Hellforge Weapons Engineering

    Why wouldn't we be able to communicate via math?

  • pepper mint
    pepper mint 2 months ago

    Thats right, bring the aliens to us

  • f3rbs
    f3rbs 2 months ago

    tell them to get on these nuts

  • ts25679
    ts25679 2 months ago

    Quay is pronounce kee, further demonstrating your point about how conveying language is a bugger, even to people who speak the same one you do.

  • Dimachaerus
    Dimachaerus 2 months ago

    What would i ask?...

  • tomas gago
    tomas gago 2 months ago

    first thing to ask...

    You like JAZZ?

  • tomas gago
    tomas gago 2 months ago +1

    no matter who you ask "two plus two is four minus one that's three quick maths"

  • [MGP] Mister K
    [MGP] Mister K 2 months ago

    This is what I think, I think the aliens smart enough to blast radio messages into space are also going to know these things, they're going to know that natural language is based on context, and I think that they will understand a simple "hello, I mean no harm" or "hello, we're coming to destroy you all" or any other simple message will be the best way to communicate, an intelligent civilization will know that we're going to barely understand one another, that however is pretty dangerous on its own because they could just choose not to make contact and maybe get us out of the way rather than try to understand us as they would see it as the easier option