Originally posted by Astyanax
Censorship, My (Censored)!
Discussion of extraterrestrial life is not censored among scientists. What nonsense!
It was a scientist, Enrico Fermi, who first asked the question 'where is everybody?' – meaning, if the universe is teeming with extraterrestrial
life (as it should be), why do we see no trace of it in the skies or on Earth? Still no answer to that one.
Fermi asked his question in 1950, doubtless influenced by the then-novel Flying Saucer Craze. Since that time, science has diligently pursued the
question. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a long-running scientific project. Other attempts to pick up signals from
extraterrestrial entities have been made using various telescopes. Back on Earth, various scientific investigations have been conducted into UFO
sightings, claims of alien abductions and animal mutilations, crop circles, etc.
The results of these investigations have been widely publicized and discussed. The sad fact is that none of them has yielded any evidence of
Meanwhile, the search for extraterrestrial life goes on at breakneck pace – on Mars, on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, on comets, in interstellar
dust-clouds and just about every other halfway likely place our instruments are capable of looking.
None of these investigations has yielded any positive results either, but that's just the luck of the draw. How Chandra Wicks can claim that
extraterrestrial life is a censored subject is beyond me. I guess he just means his own crank articles can't find a peer-reviewed publisher.
edit on 28/2/12 by Astyanax because: of beer review.
Quantum physics and its "theories" are very non-intuitive, revolutionary, strange and new. Stuff like string theory and an infinite number of
universes.. Man weird stuff.
It's also very "theoretical" without much proof. A member here has a very nice avatar - Xtraeme. Two scientists are going over a formula and the
discussion is this way:
- "xyz *calculations calculations*, then a miracle happens.. *calculations calculations*`
- "I think you should be more explicit here in step two"
This is the state of quantum physics, they are still trying to prove some Higgs particles exist etc. But nobody ridicules this area of science, it is
not disregarded as "crank ideas" and cast out from universities, publications...
It's only when scientists start coming out with theories related to life in the universe and extraterresterials suddenly these theories become "crank
articles" and wacky ideas. Then universities stop funding, peer-reviwed publications stop accepting their work. And average joe start calling these
people lunies while respecting as crazy and unprooved ideas about quantum physics as "genious!".
I'd say this guy isn't crazy and there is indeed much ridicule and censorship going on in the scientific circles. Theories about ET is touching
sensitive issues and is much more real than people realize thus it gets censored. Quantum physics is unintelligible to average guy and much more
virtual thus it's not censored. They both are equally crazy and without proof.
edit on 28-2-2012 by bilb_o because: typos
on 28-2-2012 by bilb_o because: (no reason given)