From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul> Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 09:29:05 -0600 Fwd Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 16:35:19 -0500 Subject: Re: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation - >From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:17:30 -0700 >Subject: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation >(Another Rosetta news item) >Besides carrying the instruments of my work groups, >the Rosetta spacecraft is carrying a 'Rosetta Disk' mounted >under the thermal blankets of the orbiter, made by the Long Now >Foundation: >http://www.longnow.org/10klibrary/RosettaMission.htm Maybe I've read too many berserker stories, but the longer I live, the more I feel like we ought to be shutting up about ourselves and laying a little low. Of course the odds of an intelligent civilization finding this probe or the Voyagers is essentially zero, but... Of all the reasons I've heard why we haven't detected signals from other intelligences, the one that makes the most sense to me is that they're purposely keeping quiet. I think if you watch any of the nature programs on TV, you can't help but feel that what nature is, above all else, is one big smorgasbord with everything eating everything else. I just get a gut feeling (so to speak) that if there is other life out there in the universe, it's gonna be operating in the same way. Predator and prey. Yeah, we might luck out and meet a species that has something similar to our own sense of compassion, who might help us survive until we can get our technological act together, but I wouldn't bet on it. The more I think about it, the more I view these aliens as a real threat. If there turns out to be nothing to worry about, great. But just on the off chance that the nastier critters out there are scouting around for fresh meat, I really think we should conduct much of our exploration (particularly extra-solar exploration) with as much stealth as possible.
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