February 19, 2009

BECAUSE FAITH TRUMPS SCIENCE:

Alien Census: Can We Estimate How Much Life Is Out There?: New study looks to tabulate the extent of intelligent extraterrestrial life (John Matson , 2/10/09, Scientific American)

One day in 1950, nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi posed a question to a few colleagues he was lunching with at Los Alamos National Laboratory that would become known as the Fermi Paradox: If the Milky Way is indeed teeming with alien civilizations, as many theories suggest, where are they? Shouldn't we see evidence of their existence? Nearly 60 years later, the question remains just as vexing. After all, decades of searching for extraterrestrial radio signals or evidence of alien civilizations have come up empty.

Nevertheless, search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) programs soldier on.


Here's the sublime thing: if they actually believed their own ideology, the best way to find other life is to just sit here and wait for them to find us. But they proceed from the anti-scientific assumption that we're the most advanced life form and it's up to us to find everyone else.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2009 8:18 PM
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