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“Chau’s quest not only cost him his life but may have also endangered the entire Sentinelese population. Isolated people often lack evolved immunity protections against viruses that have been present in large and connected populations for a long time. Something like a flu infection, for example, could have the potential to wipe out an entire society in a month or two.

“This means that, short of everyone wearing a hazmat suit, safe physical or close contact between outsiders and remote peoples may not be possible in the foreseeable future. Chau probably meant well from his perspective, but his lack of awareness about the disease threat is inexcusable because it has been so prominent in world history. Best known is the tragedy of many millions of Native Americans dying from infectious diseases brought unknowingly to the New World by Europeans five centuries ago. Some experts estimate that more than 80 percent of the Caribbean, South American, Central American, and North American populations died from diseases of European origin. High numbers of native Australians were lost in this way as well. So, does this specific obstacle mean that an absolute no-contact policy is necessary for the health and safety of the Sentinelese and others like them? No, it does not.

“THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE. It is possible to make contact—perhaps not close physical contact—but contact in the form of information sharing is possible. It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with ways to do it. An offering of “outside knowledge” could be prepped and packaged in the Johnson Space Center clean room to minimize risk of infection. The presentation could be airdropped and left for the people on the ground to either burn on sight or analyze and learn from. Of course, this raises another question: Should we? Some maintain that such people ought to be left as pure and unspoiled by modernity as possible. This may be a noble sentiment, but these are not giraffes and rhinos in a conservation park. They are human beings. Intellectually abandoning them, denying them some minimal level of awareness about the outside world, prehistory, history, science, and space may amount to condescending paternalism or just plain neglect.”

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