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Re: The ETH

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:41:28 +0100
Archived: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:21:51 -0400
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.


Gerald O'Connell




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