Of all the worlds which create intelligent life, we estimate that 99% of them wipe themselves out before they make contact with us. Of course we can go in afterwards, clean the environments a little and make use of the remaining resources, but there are those who say we should intervene at an earlier stage, while the planet is still alive, to salvage something of the culture and perhaps to learn enough to save future worlds and their native species from the same fate.
Joining us for today's debate in the studio are Professor M- from the Department of Anthropology at the University of V-, Minister S- from the Home Council and D- T- from the Interplanetary Commission.
So first, Professor, I'll come to you first. What do we hope to gain from interacting with a native species `first-hand' as it were, that we cannot learn from inspection of their records?