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Writer's Block: The truth is out there ...

If someone discusses UFOs at a party, do you assume they're a visionary or bonkers? Do you consider yourself a believer or a skeptic?
Sadly, I usually think they're bonkers.

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to think there is extra-terrestrial life. I've seen strange lights in the sky that don't tend to have any concrete answers associated with them.

I don't think the two are connected.

Even if we work with the Drake Equation ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation ) as being proveable, even if we assume that there are obviously intelligent life forms out there, even if we assume they have sufficient technological ability to travel to us...

We have to make a couple more huge assumptions.

1) That on the cosmic dartboard, their dart of "Hey lets go check here" lands on a fairly uninteresting arm of a minor spiral galaxy.

2) Even if the dart did land here, that they'd be interested.

I tend to look at UFO enthusiasts these days like I look at the truly religious: Its a neat idea. If it helps you to sleep at night, great. But their belief is utterly personal, and utterly unproveable to anyone else but them. What works for them does not work for me.

Not to mention the question of: "If there IS intelligent life out there, why is it so bloody interested in our redneck population?" ;)


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Sep. 12th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I tend to follow that the odds of the Human race being the only currently 'Intelligence' around as being practically zero. Whether we have been visited is a trickier answer, I think not. Unless there has been a substantial and deliberate search to do so, your 'dart board' is pretty big. And whilst their are a shed load of stars within 80 Light years how many are going to be interested in the first BBC broadcast?

Sure we may be announcing that we are here but the question is will anyone else care?

Of course this agency may have the right idea. The STI Project
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
UFOs (that is, unidentified flying objects, even those with mundane explanations) obviously exist. But to take the step and ascribe an explanation to them, especially one so... colourful...

I pretty much take it as a given that there's life elsewhere, but it concerns me that, well, that we're here.

Given the age of the stars in our galaxy the very first intelligent species that arose and developed semi-reliable interstellar travel should have colonized every habitable planet by now, even at slower than light speeds.

Couple billion years for intelligent life to arise. From that point, the blink of an eye in galactic terms, say 50 000 years of civilization they've got the ability to establish interstellar colonies. Then each of those colonies another 50 000 years till they have the industrial base to start establishing their own colonies. It grows exponentially.

We shouldn't be here. We shouldn't have had the chance to evolve.
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)

Cause we're like a farmyard full of barn animals to lonely alien redneck Scotsmen.
Sep. 15th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I have a theory that we will develop hovering spacecraft technology before any visitors to our planet come by, and then we'll explore the galaxy using our hovering spacecraft. Then we'll discover other planets that have developing life on them, and we'll abduct them onto our medical/scientific research spacecraft and conduct experiments on the indigenous lifeforms and probably even probe them anally a few times before tagging them for followup and dumping them back amongst their population.

No seriously I think we're all big enough dicks to actually do that to other races even after all the sci fi movies
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
tanjoubi omedetou~
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)


Edited at 2009-09-18 01:29 pm (UTC)
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