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Re: The ETH

From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:36:19 EDT
Archived: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 09:07:34 -0400
Subject: Re: The ETH


>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:41:28 +0100
>Subject: Re: The ETH


>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 14:48:46 EDT
>>Subject: Re: The ETH

>>We humans aren't all on the same page regarding genetics and
>>intelligence.

>Good point. Two-edged, but good.

>>Some of us are smarter, faster, spell better than
>>others. Sometimes it's cultural based on simple survival
>>decisions or better yet nutrition.

>Misses the point entirely. Our individual attributes are pretty
>much irrelevant. Man is a social animal that functions in
>hierarchical groups: a big, dangerous, smart monkey that turns
>out to be no more highly evolved than anything else on the
>planet when he goes on a solo run. Look for the attributes and
>dynamics of the group (Over a billion strong in one recorded
>instance! What a swarm!) if you are in search of explanatory
>factors.

>A key characteristic of the species is that the more
>'successful' the group, the more prone it is to collective
>conceit.

>This conceit clouds much discussion of the ETH, leading some to
>reject the hypothesis on grounds as speciously anthropocentric
>as 'no government/diplomatic contact, therefore no aliens';
>while luring adherents into even more speciously anthropocentric
>arguments such as those suggesting that we are so inherently
>special that we must constitute a fascinating field of study for
>advanced visitors (if it turns out that we are so fascinating,
>then rest assured that our alien visitors are at their
>equivalent of second grade level, poking their fishnets into the
>school pond, and delighting in the repetitive thrill of
>bewildering the newts...).

>My point? It's this: whether conducting scientific study and
>debate, or indulging in idle speculation, a lot more
>sophistication and an even greater degree of humility is called
>for if we are not to make asses of ourselves.

Again, well said.

Gerald, the problem is some folks get to resting on one idea and
any alternative gets the raspberry.

It's ironic how 60 years ago when the ETH raised it's head it
was ridiculed. Even though some in government had suggested it
as a response to the public.

Now that we've been indoctrinated into the ETH as though the
only hypothesis, and the only hypothesis that makes tons of
money, to suggest otherwise gets ridicule from ufologists?

Rod Serling couldn't have written this better.


Best,

Greg



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