posted on Feb, 22 2014 @ 12:24 PM
I don't know a skeptic alive who does NOT believe that alien life is possible. In fact, it's a mystery why your idea comes up so often. It seems an
unreasonable reaction when people point out a particular incident as highly unlikely that you jump to the conclusion that these skeptics somehow
believe alien life is impossible. It's also an eye-roller every time someone announces, "Given the great vastness of the Universe it is arrogant to
believe we are the only life....blah blah blah." Please give it a break. Really. Nobody believes that. You just made it up, a straw man you can
Whoever said that? Perhaps you can dredge up a few cases of hubris where a fundamentalist or a rationalist (strange bedfellows) has said alien life is
impossible, but those sentiments, particularly nowadays, are few and far between, and inconsequential.
The real question here is why, when someone sees a light in the sky they cannot identify, they immediately jump to: "Aliens!" And when someone says,
"Hey, wait a minute. How do you know it's aliens?" we get your opening statement about how it's impossible for there not to be life elsewhere,
etc. It's a very weak sentiment, both philosophically and realistically. Every time I see it, which is way too often, my initial reaction is,
So here's the REAL skeptic response. Just because you see a light in the sky that freaks you out does NOT MEAN they are aliens. Get over it. The
issue is not so much "Aliens" as it is "Aliens are here." There are valid reasons for thinking that is unlikely, including the limitations of
faster than light travel. According to Einstein, it's impossible, and if his theory is correct, that makes a built-in speed limit to the Universe
that would effectively prevent "Aliens" from visiting in numbers that make Earth seem like a nearby tourist attraction.
Now, do we KNOW that Einstein is correct, for sure? of course not, but that's what we've got. If you are going to dismiss Einstein, fine. so you are
an unrecognized genius that understands all the implications, but you can't just make up fantasies to replace it and therefore "prove" your
theories that "Aliens are here." You've got to do better than that. (And frankly, in my personal opinion, there are some very good and interesting
theories out there.)
But this idea that "skeptics erroneously believe there is no life elsewhere." is a fallacy from the get go. No skeptic says it. No skeptic believes
it, and the only real mystery is why people continue to attribute such a sentiment to them.