a reply to: Aliensun
For someone who claims to have been abducted, you sure have not gone to any great lengths to understand the sciences very well, have you? You used
...back when science itself believed humans were the only intelligent life in the universe.
...which is something you could ONLY ever say, if you had literally no idea what science is about. First of all, science is a methodology, a way of
thinking. It does not come to conclusions. That is the job of those who USE science. It is a tool, not an intelligence in and of itself. It cannot
come to conclusions, reach decisions, have ideas or come up with new ways to do things. That is the job of the person using it, the person operating a
scientific mind. It is NOTHING to do with science itself, because science has no animus of its own.
Also, the question of "life out there" has not been ignored, simply placed at the back of the queue, and do you know why? It is not that people do
not care, or that SCIENTISTS (not science itself, because as previously stated, it has no opinion of its own, any more than a hammer chooses the nail
it is directed toward) believed that searching for other life was a waste of time. It has been placed at the back of the queue for a while, because up
until very recently, the technology to make effective observations of planets outside our solar system, which would be of a resolution high enough, a
detail level deep enough, to make identification of life bearing planets possible, DID NOT DAMNED WELL EXIST! The evolution of telescopy of various
kinds, both optical and otherwise, needed to move on a damned sight further than it had during the beginning of the space race, hell, further than it
had by the end of the 90's, in order to make even THINKING about deep space observations of use to E.T. hunters a worthwhile prospect.
Now, of course, we have the James Webb Telescope, launching relatively soon, which will increase the depth and the resolution of our observations of
deep space, allowing gigantic advancements in the types of data we can glean from images of deep space, including actually observing the contents of
atmospheres around planets in enough detail to confirm to a greater level of certainty, the presence of gases and other elements in those atmospheres,
which indicate the presence or lack thereof, of something we could recognise as life.
Furthermore, our propulsion technology...
Our ability to make up close examinations of other worlds, is ultimately the only tool which is one hundred percent reliable, when it comes to
finding life on other worlds. All the telescopes, probes, signals received by radiotelescopes and the like, really mean and amount to nothing, when
compared with actually going and seeing for ourselves, what may be on the surface of a given planet, hidden under its oceans, fossilised within its
rocks and mineral strata. ONLY travel amongst the stars, can, in my view, provide us with definitive answers to the sorts of questions we have about
those planets, about the depths of space, and about the life which may or may not dwell there. Once again though, we lack the technological capacity
to achieve travel to the most interesting locations we have yet discovered in our telescopic scans of the heavens. Hell, we cannot even reach the
closest star to our own, leave alone the most interesting star systems that we have observed. We cannot even reach MARS, a planet which is a mere
cosmic stones throw away, in a reasonable amount of time, even with our most powerful craft yet built, or for that matter, with the most powerful
craft ever conceived using proven technology.
Simply put, we are in no position to start making travel amongst the planets a reality yet, leave alone amongst the stars. When from here to Mars is
a two day journey, perhaps we can discuss getting out to the nearest stars. When travel between here and the nearest star to our own takes just a
couple of days, perhaps we can start thinking about a journey to the edge of not just the known universe, but the actual universe. Until then, we
should not be bemoaning the lack of progress, but supporting current efforts, so that the backing is there when things DO move on to where we would
like them to be.