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The State Of Alien Affairs

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.

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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.

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Grinspoon's website: www.funkyscience.net

Have a nice weekend and I hope you enjoy reading an astronomer's
approach to 'Alien Affairs'.


KK




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