posted on May, 23 2003 @ 01:30 PM
Ok, I never have believed that they actually fly the 'straight' way via continous acceleration... I imagine they must use some sort of artificial
wormhole technology... however, the implementation of such technology is, in itself, a demonstration that they either are far more technologically
advanced than us (and can thus do things like that without expending titanic amounts of power) or that they have an almost unlimited source of energy.
So far as propulsion goes, comparing a 'warp' (or shall we say Lazar:roll drive to a liquid fuel rocket is not like comparing a jet engine to a
piston one... at the time when jet engines entered standard service, the 'theory' behind them had been worked-out for decades. Though there are
theories about how humans could find natural wormholes and use them for interstellar flight, there are no theories about how we can, with our
manufacturing/energy limits, create artificial ones. At best, we are on the verge of Ion-Electric rockets (which, in themselves,a re a major
advance), but nowhere are there any indications that artificial 'warp' is around the corner for humans.
As for crashes: Yes, I believe that they crashed at Roswell (and some other places), and that earth militaries have been able to interfere with UFOs
through the use of directed radar... but even space shuttles, 747s, and nuclear submarines crash. Kayaks, on the other hand, have been around for
thousands of years... and fewer people die in kayaking accidents than in plane crashes every year.. so, could a fleet of kayaks destroy the US
I concede that I have no idea as to what types of weapons they use... but I think that an inter-stellar flight is, in itself, a profound
demonstration of power.
If, perhaps, there is a NATURAL wormwhole somewhere in nearby space, and the aliens are really only using it to get around, then we may very well be,
as you argue, within a few centuries of their tech level. Astronomers, though, haven't detected any eveidence for a nearby black hole/wormhole.
But, who knows?