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Re: Life In Outer Space And Our Responsibilities

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 00:51:34 -0400
Archived: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:00:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Life In Outer Space And Our Responsibilities

>Source: Ceylon Daily News - Ceylon, Sri Lanka


>25 July 2007

>Life In Outer Space And Our Responsibilities

>Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne

>Common Heritage: Humanitys foray into the solar system brings
>out the ethical issue of what we should do if life is found in
>outer space. Do we send more probes to further investigate and
>do we have a responsibility to protect that life and allow it to
>develop naturally?


>In 1948 the U.S. Air Force commenced maintaining a file of
>reports relating to extraterrestrial phenomena called Project
>Blue Book. In July 1952, the U.S. government established a panel
>of scientists including engineers, meteorologists, physicists
>and an astronomer to investigate a series of radar detection
>coincident with visual sightings near the national airport in
>Washington D.C. The panel was organized by the Central
>Intelligence Agency, which underscores the thrust of public and
>government concern and interest at the time.

>The concern was based on U.S. military activities and
>intelligence and that its report was originally classified

>Later declassified, the report revealed that 90 per cent of UFO
>sightings could be readily identified with astronomical and
>meteorological phenomena (e.g. bright planets, meteors, auroras,
>ion clouds) or with aircraft, birds, balloons, searchlights, hot

Yes, hot air emanating from Capitol Hill and various government

>and other phenomena, sometimes complicated by unusual
>meteorological conditions.

Temperatures inversions causing radar 'angels'.

>The publicity given to early sightings in the press undoubtedly
>helped stimulate further sightings not only in the U.S. but also
>in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, Australia, and elsewhere. A
>second panel established in February 1966 reached conclusions
>similar to those of its predecessor.

>This left a number of sightings admittedly unexplained, and in
>the mid-1960s a few scientists and engineers, notably James E.
>McDonald, a University of Arizona meteorologist, and J. Allen
>Hynek, a Northwestern University astronomer, concluded that a
>small percentage of the most reliable UFO reports gave definite
>indications of the presence of extraterrestrial visitors.


>This sensational hypothesis, promoted in newspaper and magazine
>articles, met with prompt resistance from other scientists.

>The continuing controversy led in 1968 to the sponsorship by the
>U.S. Air Force of a study at the University of Colorado under
>the direction of E.U. Condon, a noted physicist. The Condon
>Report, "A Scientific Study of UFOs" was reviewed by a special
>committee of the National Academy of Sciences and released in
>early 1969.

>A total of 37 scientists wrote chapters or parts of chapters for
>the report, which covered investigations of 59 UFO sightings in
>detail, analyzed public-opinion polls and reviewed the
>capabilities of radar and photography. Condons own "Conclusions
>and Recommendations" firmly rejected ETH - the extraterrestrial
>hypothesis - and declared that no further investigation was

>This left a wide variety of opinions on UFOs. A large fraction
>of the U.S. public, and a few scientists and engineers,
>continued to support ETH.

>A middle group of scientists felt that the possibility of
>extraterrestrial visitation, however slight, justified continued
>investigation, and still another group favoured continuing
i>nvestigation on the grounds that UFO reports are useful in
>sociopsychological studies.

>These varying views and attitudes were expressed at a symposium
>held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
>in December 1969. Several years later, in 1973, a group of U.S.
>scientists organized the Center for UFO Studies in Northfield,
>Ill., to conduct further work.

Organized by none other than Dr. Hynek.

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