reply to post by Blackmarketeer
I'm just about bored to death with the decades-old chitter-chatter about whether or not UFOs and those reporting them should be studied. Enough
already! They've been studied to varying extents and all with unsatisfactory conclusions.
Also, whilst I respect his opinion, his career and the role he's played in the study of UFOs, the comments in your quotes are practically devoid of
"And the reason I don't believe it is because I can't conceive of any of the ways in which we could overcome some of these things: How much
food would you have to take with you on a trip for 22 years through space? How much fuel would you need? How much oxygen or other things to sustain
life do you have to have?"
Really? Some writers, futurists, scientists and even Joe Average in the bar have gone further than these ideas...decades ago.
It's 2012 and he's somehow locked into the idea that advanced technologies would still be based on the 'Road Trip' scenario. 'Pack your bags hon,
we're goin' on a star-trip to that thar blue planet!'
In this century, there's a good chance we'll be mapping human consciousness and converting it into transmittable data using methods and terminology
that make terms like 'holographic' seem as out-dated as 'phonographic.' We'll have drone soldiers doing the dirty work while the controllers sit
back in their bases. Even that might be done by something that makes our ideas of AI look as exotic as a microwave oven. Right now, the horizons of
warfare are extending beyond simple cyber-warfare and off into arenas whereby no lives are lost and conquered nations have every building standing.
These ideas are probabilities.
If some truly advanced technology did or will visit us, it would likely be way past fuelling 'er up, loading all the beef jerky and following the
star-map to earth.