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Re: The Fermi Death Sentence

From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:25:39 -0800 (PST)
Archived: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:24:13 -0500
Subject: Re: The Fermi Death Sentence


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 14:09:00 -0600
>Subject: Re: The Fermi Death Sentence

<snip>

>It'll be the job of future historians of science to figure out
>this one - by which I mean the persistence blindness, ignorance,
>and bigotry - and it'll be a doozy in the annals of what Eddie
>Bullard once called epistemological totalitarianism. One would
>like to think, at least, that the laughter by now is starting to
>get a little nervous.

>My longtime suspicion is that it should have been possible no
>later than the early 1950s to discern the extraordinary nature
>of the UFO phenomenon and to contemplate its possible
>relationship to intelligence elsewhere in the galaxy. In the
>present moment, of course, science's long neglect is its excuse
>for further neglect.

>One day, in a future generation perhaps in the latter part of
>this century, when nearly everyone reading this is gone and thus
>not around to gloat in vindication, science will grow up and
>acknowledge its responsibility, and we'll be spared further
>bleatings about the alleged invisibility and silence of
>civilizations elsewhere.


"Epistemological totalitarianism": at best a 1930's version of
wannabe "political correctness". "Plus =E7a change, plus c=92est la
m=EAme chose." [The more things change, the more they stay the
same.] --Alphonse Karr (1808=961890), Les Gu=EApes (Paris, Jan. 31,
1849).




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