reply to post by Solomons
Ah I see what you mean. In terms of the new prognosis for life in the universe, this of course is news of great import and gravity. Regarding your
statements about some believers not being satisfied until aliens in smart looking craft land on the whitehouse lawn , I understand your ire, but there
really are several methodologies being applied to the search for extraterrestrial life and applying that measure to all of them can be a little
limiting in terms of accuracy.
There is the scientific approach, the spiritual approach, and the investigative journalism approach. The scientific approach uses all the things we
learn about the world immediately surrounding us, to develope ways of thinking , and ways of doing things which can be codified, recorded, sampled and
measured, and uses expiriences of past geniuses from Newton to Einstein to explain the universe around us, in ever increasing detail, based on the
results of our samples tests and measurements. The folks who believe that alien life exists based on these factors, tend toward a belief tempered with
an attitude that we should do everything in our power to pour resources into these researches, even though they take time to complete. The crucial
thing about those whos interest in alien life is purely scientific is this. They do not wish to comment on detail , unless they actualy HAVE detail.
They do not insist that they have proven something, unless there are physical or mathematical proofs involved, which carry a hell of a lot of wieght.
Caution is pretty much a watchword for serious scientists in that regard.
The spiritual approach is almost based solely on faith. It centres around variously held beliefs that aliens are in fact hyperdimensional beings ,
which communicate through channelers and mystics, and can be communicated with via meditation . Typicaly these searchers care nothing for recording
thier findings in any but the most poetic and some might say (fairly ) useless manner possible. An astrophysicist for instance would find nothing at
all useful in the ramblings of those who claim to have met aliens via this method. Typicaly folks who follow this method, as they have done in the
recent past, will claim that they know the ins and outs of intergalactic politics, how the relations between the Royal houses of some distant planet
are going, and what everyone is wearing closer to the galactic core. They wont bother to PROVE any of it, but it sounds interesting all the same.
Unlike the other two methods, this one involves almost no actual work of any kind, just an awful lot of sitting zazen, chanting, and possibly
And then you have the investigative journalism method. If you havent got the scientific nouse, or the blind faith required for the first two, but you
do have an awful lot of free time, an endless supply of patience and the ability to collate data from disperate sources into a semi coherant whole,
then this is the gig for you! With the sheer amount of information which has been published to do with the cover up conspiracies surrounding UFO ,
Area 51 , and other well known incidents, the investigative mind will hunt down every lead and every possible route to the truth, that they can get
at, AND they will defy a restraining order to do it (and I salute them, every one!). These intrepid souls will gather data from as many sources as
they can, and until they can make thier collections make sense to them , they arent sharing the fruits of thier unfinished labours with anyone!
Capable of logical thinking, organisational genius, and the ability to connect apparantly unconnected events, in impressively lucid and reasonable
terms, and having the patience to sit on the phone, or write hundreds of FOIA requests a month, these folks are formidable tools that humanity has for
unlocking the secrets of just about anything, from the illuminati, to UFO and how the hell the Twilight saga got so damned huge.
However, scientists are very rarely heard to say things like "Not only do I believe in aliens, but Im pretty convinced about the whole visitation ,
abduction scenario. It sounds pretty solid to me as an idea, save for the issue of forensic evidence never been collected or interpreted correctly in
ANY case so far and other foul ups like that." . This is because scientists are used to proving thier thinking one way or another before having to
make a statement, and this is laudable. Journalistic minds will tell you that there are a number of avenues of investigation at this time, and if you
like they will forward you a copy of thier latest complete work on the subject, but wont comment on the actual direction thier current project is
taking, beyond a few tasty morsels of suggestive information. Spiritualists however will tell you that all you need, is to let go of yourself and find
the truth by way of an open heart and mind.
Of all these , the only methodologies that would value a visit to the white house by a UFO, would be the scientists who would scan the hell out of
it with anything they could figure to use, and the journalists, who would wear out a years worth of SD cards in thier cameras, and go through six
laptop keyboards in an hour trying to record all the data they had collected with their camera, videocamera, listening devices and so on.
I can imagine such a visit being most peturbatory for the "aliens are spirit beings from the place beyond reality" crowd, if only because the very
idea of aliens being fleshly contructs would make some of them cry, and because they would be pretty annoyed that after all thier chanting the
blighters have gone to see the president and really all the chanting was doing was just making them look daft, and get a cold arse from sitting on the
ground outside thier houses too long.