Ok - interesting, humorous, a bit tongue-in-cheek. Little substance. For those that haven't bothered to read the article the OP posted, here are the
, plus MHO [in%
probability], although I think the title is misleading: "Insane"? Why "Insane"? The article itself presents each of the five as somewhat plausible,
and quotes many scientists around the world that have given one or more of these ideas some modicum of respectability. So what if they can't seem to
find consensus on which one is more correct than any other. At least they are considering the possibilities - and none of them have ever referred to
the other ideas as "insane".
Here 'ya go:
#5. If They Exist, They're Likely Too, Well, Alien
I don't buy this one at all, which basically presumes that aliens would nothing like us whatsoever, and in fact, be unrecognizable. Many scientists,
even popular mainstream ones, like Sagan and Kaiku, have emphasized that bipedal symmetrical beings with 2 eyes, 2 arms, 2 legs are the most likely
natural and most efficient form to take. Ok, a little shorter, skinnier, greener, uglier, maybe - and maybe some real off-the-wall lizard or insect
types - but I think at least some, if not most, aliens would be recognizable by us as appearing similar to the common "Gray" or equivalent many have
already claimed to witness.
#4. They Might Not Want to Screw Us Up
Yep - this one sounds very plausible indeed, and is quite a popular theory by many ufologists and astrobiologists alike (so why does the article
consider it "insane"? I don't get that). Anyway - Trekkies will instantly recognize this as the "Prime Directive" - basically an intergalactic
hands-off policy. Sounds reasonable to me. Put yourself in their shoes. I think Gene Roddenberry may have gotten this one right (but some of his
other horny, smart-alek aliens were way off-the-mark). But rather than not wanting to "scrw us up", I think it more likely the 'observers' are
waiting to see if 'screw ourselves up' - (see #2 below).
#3. We Might Not Be Worth the Aliens' Time
Maybe. But I rather think that Earth is "special" somehow - just can't seem to shake that feeling. I know, it's anthropocentric and I'm a biased
human and all - so what. I think we have a very unique set of circumstances here on Earth - and abundant diversity of life, immense quantities of
water, rich resources, a very thick, stable atmosphere, etc., etc. Just my opinion - but I believe Aliens are falling all over themselves trying to
study this fantastic laboratory of a planet - as discreetly as possible...
#2. We'd All Be Dead by the Time It Happens
The authors make a compelling argument here, although they emphasize the wrong premise. My fear is that this will be accurate for a different reason:
Idiotic warlike human species self-annihilates before we ever discover if we can make our own galactic discoveries! (see #4 above)
#1. Aliens May Not Exist at All
I'll probably get heat for this one (%), but let's be honest: after all these years of searching and speculating, and conspiracy-accusing, and fuzzy
little specs of grainy light on ATS - nothing. Maybe we ARE alone. Maybe not. My take on this is that as a species, humans better try and figure out
which one it is ASAP, because EITHER answer means profound changes and adjustments are need on this planet and for all of humanity. if we are
alone - then let's get cracking and go meet these guys and join the 'federation' already! We need to learn, expand our knowledge, evolve!
I f we are
alone, then let's get cracking and get out there already! We need to learn, expand, grow, evolve! We need to procreate and seed
the galaxy, perhaps the universe, and we need to get started on this ASAP! Why? Don't you see? because if we ARE alone and we kill ourselves off,
or a global pandemic kills us off, or a global natural catastrophe kills us of (asteroid, sunflare, whatever), or a stupid global thermonuclear war
kills us off - then what? NOTHING, that's what!
We must perpetuate the human species! Whether we are alone or part of a teeming menagerie of sentient beings in the cosmos - it's time to GET OUT
Phew! Oops; sorry - got a little off-topic... Anyway - thanks for posting OP.
if nothing else, it at least made a few more good folks on THIS
planet think about our collective future a bit...
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