From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 18:34:00 +0000 Archived: Sat, 28 May 2011 18:50:01 -0400 Subject: The State Of Alien Affairs I am only going to cite the last few paragraphs. The first two paragraphs discuss Denver's Extraterrestrial Affairs Ballot Initiative. ----- Sky & Telescope, June 27, 2011, page 18 Cosmic Relief section by David Grinspoon <snip> I don't find it impossible that intelligent extraterrestrials could travel to Earth. And I can easily imagine the possibility of long- lived intelligences with unpredictable intentions, behavior, or capabilities. Signs of contact, especially unintentional on their part, might seem very strange and difficult for humans to interpret. Certainly we should explore our solar system and remotely probe others, and we should remain on the lookout for alien artifacts and engineering. So I try to keep an open mind. But whatever you think about the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials, it's also quite plausible that we haven't been visited, and most of what has been cited as evidence is the result of wishful thinking. We have to be wary of our biases here. I have seen several things in the sky that I cannot explain. My interpretation of these sightings is not that I have witnessed alien activities. I don't have proof that reinforces that impression. I have a high level of confidence in my scientific intuition even while I recognize that it's not an infallible guide. I have attended meetings of UFO enthusiasts, and I often agree with their opening statements, which usually involve an assertion of the immensity of the universe and the absurdity of positing that we are alone in this vastness. But they lose me when they start describing their evidence, which is often highly anecdotal or subject to less-exotic interpretations. The proponents of alien encounters very much want to believe. I think most of us do. Personally, I would love it if some wise aliens would show up and tell us the secret to long-term global survival with advanced, planet-shanging technology. I feel the lure of belief in my mind and heart, and I want to see as clearly as I can through that reality distortion field. Maybe we all want to believe, but for some of us that makes it harder, not easier. ----- Grinspoon's website: www.funkyscience.net Have a nice weekend and I hope you enjoy reading an astronomer's approach to 'Alien Affairs'. KK Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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