May 27, 2012 | David F. Coppedge

Aliens: Evolutionists' Imaginary Friends

Some evolutionists have a lot to say about imaginary friends no one has ever seen.

  • SETI prima donna Jill Tarter is sure “aliens don’t want to eat us(PhysOrg).  Presumably this implies they won’t wish to season their dishes with Tarter sauce, either.  Perhaps, then, their treatise on “How to Serve Man” really was a genuine offer of help, rather than a cookbook.
  • Mark Thompson assures us that the Fermi Paradox means Earthlings “don’t need the ‘Men in Black‘” (Live Science).  Men in white, maybe… but don’t assume they are scientists.
  • Mark Mardell (BBC News) is convinced that aliens use Legos.  “Life’s building blocks” have been found on Mars, he said, even though NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine admitted the carbon molecules detected are non-biological.  Still, the NASA piece used the L-word “life” hopefully five times.  (See 5/24/2012 entry also.)
  • New Scientist said that if the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL, due to land this fall) doesn’t find aliens, it’s “No problem, we will look elsewhere.” The search will go on, even though “Astrobiology is an odd science. It largely concerns itself with studying something that may not exist,” the article said.  Apparently, existence is not a requirement for science these days.  Something else has taken the place of observing things that must exist: “Even so, it [astrobiology] captures the imagination like nothing else.”

Live Science offered a quiz, “Mars Myths & Misconceptions.”  Partakers may be surprised to learn that Guglielmo Marconi believed he contacted alien signals from Mars in 1921, and that the U.S. Government was seriously listening for radio messages from Mars as late as 1924.  The quiz did admit that there is no solid evidence for life on Mars, but neglected to classify any of the current Mars astrobiology claims as myths or misconceptions.

These are the people, you realize, who call creationists nuts.

 

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Comments

  • rockyway says:

    1. ‘Alien life probably isn’t interested in having us for dinner, enslaving us or laying eggs in our bellies, according to a recent statement by former SETI director Jill Tarter.
    – Probably? How could she possibly know that? (What is there about the word ‘alien’ she doesn’t understand? Doesn’t it suggest the incomprehensible?)

    2. “While Sir Stephen Hawking warned that alien life might try to conquer or colonize Earth, I respectfully disagree.”
    – How can she disagree with possibility?

    3. ”If aliens were able to visit Earth that would mean they would have technological capabilities sophisticated enough not to need slaves, food, or other planets.”
    – Need? who said anything about need? Do people ‘need’ to rape? Do people need to do evil things?

    4. “Even so, it [astrobiology] captures the imagination like nothing else.”
    – Does it? Not for me it doesn’t. A bird or a cell is a billion times more interesting as far as I’m concerned.

    5. ‘New Scientist said that if the Mars Science Laboratory doesn’t find aliens, it’s “No problem, we will look elsewhere.”
    – Why is finding aliens a problem? Why is not finding aliens a problem? I don’t see a problem.

    Mike Johnson

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