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Re: Fermi's Paradox III - Maccabee

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 13:34:21 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 22:32:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Fermi's Paradox III - Maccabee

 >Fermi's Paradox III: Zookeepers, Alien Visitors, Or Simple Life;
 >How Can We Explain Our Isolation?

 >By Seth Shostak
 >Astronomer, Project Phoenix
 >posted: 07:00 am ET
 >29 November 2001


 >While theres no evidence to give credibility to this last idea
 >(known as the "Zoo Hypothesis"), many would argue that evidence
 >does exist for another possibility namely, that the Paradox is
 >just a red herring because the aliens are in the neighborhood.
 >In fact, theyre in our back yards, or just above them.

Actually the "UFO hypothesis" could be combined with the zoo
hypothesis to explain why they are "above our heads" while not
overtly communicating.

 >Many thousands of sightings of unidentified flying objects
 >(UFOs) are reported each year, and polls show that one-third to
 >aerial apparitions are alien spacecraft. The presence of aliens
 >on Earth would neatly resolve the Fermi Paradox.

 >But while this is a prevalent idea among the public, the
 >evidence for alien visitation has failed to sway most
 >scientists. To convince researchers, who are inherently
 >skeptical, unambiguous and repeated detection of flying objects
 >by satellites or ground-based radar would be required. Better
 >yet would be some indisputable physical evidence, such as the
 >landing lights from an alien craft. In other words, something
 >better than witness testimony is necessary, since such testimony
 >isnt good enough, no matter how credible the witness.

 >Consider the fact that lots of people claim to have seen ghosts,
 >and will be pleased to tell you what they saw. But the case for
 >the existence of these shrouded spirits isnt what you would
 >call convincing. You dont read a lot about the parameters of
 >ghosts in scholarly journals.

This shows how out-of-step Shostak really is. Regardless of
evidence for or against ghosts (or astrology or bigfoot or...
you name it) the fact is that UFO evidence consists of MORE than
just the report of a witness "no matter how credible the
witness". Multiple witness (credible witnesses) sightings
combined with radar and photographic are available. Shostak
suffers from the REAL reason why UFOs aren't accepted: the
SELF-cover up.

This is a subject that no one wants to admit is real because it
potentially... or very likely... represents a great loss in
"self-importance"... humans don't control things after all and
are the "mercy" of creatures of much greater ability (maybe).

Religion was established to handle this problem of lack of
control of the surroundings, the environment, life itself. Pray
for help. Maybe there is a great "spirit" out there that will
give you a measure of indirect control over the environment,
your enemies, whatever. (We see this being acted out in a big
way in Afghanoistan right now!) But religion assumes a
transcendent being in control. What if humanity were to suddenly
come face to face with material biological beings who seem to be
in control, or at least have much greater capa bility than we?
Think about it.

Do YOU want to announce the proof of UFO reality to the world...
and be responsible for the consequences?

 >Until and unless better evidence is collected, few scientists
 >are inclined to accept the premise that the Fermi Paradox can be
 >resolved by the claim that aliens are either soaring through the
 >stratosphere, or are stashed away in meat lockers at Area 51.

Scientists always want better evidence. EVen now the theory of
relativity is being tested to get "better evidence." So that
should not be a criterion for doing something NOW with eh
Evidence we have already. We should accept the available
evidence as pointing toward a particular explanation for UFO
sightings.... and prepare ourselves for probable
eventualities... when the self-cover up is ripped away by
"incontrovertible proof" (whatever that might be).

Read Abduction In My Life for further amplification on this
problem of what do we do with what we already know.

see: http://brumac.8k.com

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