I am a new member, read ATS from time to time. I thought it was time for me to share an opinion of mine, I really hope I'm not breaking any rules by
posting without any cool news stories or photographs, but it appears there is something crucial missing from the UFO / alien discussions, I feel
important enough for a new thread. But I'm new here
The truth is, I get frustrated when people say "There has to be life out there, without a doubt, there are so many stars...", or "Just look up the
Drake equation", or when anything odd in Earthly skies is somehow assumed to have originated from another planet. And what really drives me to the
point of posting is being called "arrogant" for my admission that I just don't know if life exists elsewhere. I swear, the only thing that keeps
some people going is the belief in their own minds that they are enlightened, and that everyone else is a bunch of boobs. I'm not lashing or griping
at anyone, but I think it is important to the UFO discussion that people realize why many conclusions people belive in are held out of their own
arrogant kookyness, not anything factual.
While it is a known fact there are odd, seemingly intelligent "things" that cruise Earth's skies from time to time, I have never seen any clues
indicating that they come from another planet. If they are seen on Earth, and the simplest explaination is usually correct, chances are they came
from Earth, right?
But there are so many stars... I know. Have you noticed what is happening on this planet? (This is where I get called arrogant) We have
self-replicating chemicals developing systems of entities mutating in oddly convenient, statistically impossible forms. Without getting into the
mysteries and holes in Darwin's theories, I just ask that open-minded people weigh the vastness of the universe with the wierdness that is life when
you wonder if life exists elsewhere.
I know that is an easy one for most people who assume life is a simple product of caron + water + sunlight. That's my whole point, its not. It is a
wierd system that somehow began and now perpetuates itself. From time to time chemists will claim to be on the verge of creating self replicating
chemicals, but as of yet, they haven't. So you wonder how this happpened in nature. There is some way, but what are the chances those chemicals
form together into something as complex as a single cell creature?
Which brings me to the Drake equation- an imaginary number you get by multiplying imaginary numbers. Each bogus value is assigned an algebraic
letter, because this is serious scientific stuff. Example:
fℓ is the fraction of the above (the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets) that actually go on to
develop life at some point.
If you plugged and chugged the Drake equation and actually filled in that value don't talk to me about arrogant.
This is my point: As unlikely as it seems that this wierd, fragile system of life exists at all, it does. So yes, it is possible that it exists on
another planet. Anything is possible. How likely? The truth is that nobody understands the phenomenon of life well enough to answer that. And
until you understand what's happening here, it doesn't matter how many stars there are.
How does that pertain to UFOs? Call me what you like, but I am convinced this planet is a crazy crazy place. I'm putting this thought out there
because I haven't really heard it expressed, and to let anyone convince me one way or the other, I want to know the truth as much as anyone. But I
reject theories based on brute force imaginary numbers or improbable conclusions based on ambiguous evidence.
Thank you for reading my opinion, looking forward to your responses.