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Posted by afropuff on August 6, 2000 22:31:38 UTC

Your comments pertaining to evidence for the existence of extraterrestial life relative to its detection by the scientific method indicate that you have a sound grasp of the scientific method and its rigorous standards for arriving at fact --that is, objective truth. The standards for determining fact successively are, systematically, at a minimum "indication," intermediately "evidence" and ultimately "proof." Ad hoc, or selective indication or evidence does not constitute support for a conclusion of fact, as opposed to proof which in itself is a systematic and overwhelming substantiation of a conclusion of fact. Pioneer science that relied largely on evidence and proof to address the relatively direct and simple earthly issues of disease, engineering and so forth, with which your view of science is consistent, is not adequate to address issues of extraterrestial life in a prompt manner. Science in the modern world must gradually obtain evidence and/or proof of extraterrestial life over considerable time deploying pictorial and other physical knowledge and data-gathering probes to very distant, unearthlike extraterrestial bodies and hypothize from indication -- our knowledge of physics and mathmatics and our "critical," innate
common sense. Scientific investigation of the issue of extraterrestial life beyond Earth should not be denied as worthless and an exercise in futility at the earliest stage of probing (fact finding) and in the face of the mathmatically astronomically high probability that our galaxy must have an abundance of life forms (probably all starkly different, as is an eight-eyed, eight-legged spider from a two-eyed, erect-standing biped human on Earth and as are the very closely related human races of Africa, Europe and the Far East in appearance).

In the latter parentheical regard, SETI may be acting on prejudice and never be successful in receiving confirmation of contact with technologically intelligent extraterrestial life forms -- many of which may be less, similarly and more technologically advanced as the societies of the U.S. and Western Europe and Russia -- due to their incapacity associated with stark bio-architectural and sensory differences and exotic technology peculiarly customized to their designs. Given the diversity of life on Earth as a frame of reference, it is likely that there will be diversity of life forms extaterrestially contrasting with those on Earth and that technolocally advanced extraterrestial life forms will be incomprehensibly different from humans biolobically, socially and cognitively. If extaterrestially intelligent life forms were able to communicate with our technology or us on Earth, they likely would probably do so with deliberation, rather than reflexively, and on their own terms as there is probably a food chain
(pecking order) on their abodes like there is on Earth and as they may be circumspectively and protectively at the top of that food chain as are the U.S., Western Europe, Russia and China on Earth.

Despite your good grasp of the concept of science and apparently of the scientific method, you yourself depart from rational, or scientific reasoning, by concluding a belief in a spiritual existence based on absolutely nothing subject to objective evidence, proof or substantiation.

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