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Re: Unintelligent Speculation

From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 13:09:49 -0400
Archived: Sat, 04 Aug 2007 13:14:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Unintelligent Speculation

>From: Sergey Shpakovsky <sergejsh.nul>
>Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 14:02:59 -0400 (EDT)
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Subject: Unintelligent Speculation

>I see this process of Convergent evolution as very simple and
>logical evidence of extraterrestrial life. Extraterrestrial
>intelligent life too. I don't think it's accidental that some
>people saw ET's very similar to us - or maybe otherwise, we are
>very similar to them?

>Here is article on LiveScience.com:

>Evolution Predictable Everywhere in the Universe, Scientist

>By Ker Than, LiveScience Staff Writer
>posted: 14 March 2006


Yes, I've seen this. I think Vermeij is basically correct within
limits, but I think Gould may well be right on a grander scale.

Once the basic vertebrate four-legged creature evolved on earth,
I think a bipedal, intelligent humanoid was almost inevitable.
But if, instead, the basic vertebrate evolution had gone six-
legged, I think we may have ended up with an intelligent
creature with quadrupedal locomotion and arms and hands. In
other words, I don't see the evolution of four-legged
vertebrates as inevitable at all. After all, we have successful
creatures on the planet with us that have six, eight, and more,

I agree with Gould about early evolution. If we reran the clock,
we might find vertebrates appearing in very different forms, or
even invertebrates designed differently and able to evolve into
much larger sizes, with bigger brains, and ultimately

For this reason I think that intelligent, bipedal vertebrates
are much more likely to have evolved here on earth than
somewhere else in the universe.

So I find the TH (Terrestrial Hypothesis) far more likely than
the ETH that so many seem so determined to defend. Those who are
afraid of the TH are dismissing it as the most likely
explanation of the observed phenomena for lack of evidence,
while I am dismissing the ETH as the most likely explanation of
observed phenomena for exactly the same reason, lack of
evidence. Until we have a hunk of metal or a body that could not
have come from here, I feel that arguments for the ETH are
simply hot air. Or maybe gas leaked from a Mogul balloon.

Bob Shell

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