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Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:01:03 -0700
Archived: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:16:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity


>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:50:34 -0000
>Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

>>From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:37:25 +0800
>>Subject: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity

><snip>

>>The next question to ask:

>>- What is special about Earth?

>Answer: Absolutely nothing. All we get to see is the ET
>equivalent of a procession of high school kids performing the
>same dumb-ass 'experiments' over and over again. We are the
>slime in the school pond and that is why we can't understand the
>phenomena with which we confronted.

This (or variants thereof) has application to Fermi's Paradox,
as has been discussed here previously. That is, while
intelligent life may be widespread, there may be such an
enormous technological/intellectual barrier to practical
interstellar travel that whoever may have figured it out was
already evolved completely out of our realm of perception.

I personally waver in and out of sympathy with this idea. If
true, it would seem to suggest that 'flying saucers' have little
or nothing to do with ETs. The former do not strike me as
radically exotic, but rather just beyond our grasp in the long-
term evolutionary and cultural/historical picture (and in this
sense they are disturbingly, even suspiciously,
anthropocentric).

>Where did this 'Earth is special' guff com from? The Bible? 50's
>SF movies (where I suppose 'Earth' is an analogue for 'America'
>which is, of course extra special)? Well, wherever it comes from
>I'd recommend dumping it double-quick if you want to get an
>objective handle on this stuff.

I confess my concern is quite the opposite. As a whole, I don't
get the impression that humans consider Earth, or its current
inhabitants, very special at all.


Mike


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