Re: G. Coyne, priest, astronomer

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Jan 08 2002 - 22:48:23 MST

From: "Spike Jones" <>
> Their notion is that there are intelligence civilizations of
> unfallen beings scattered throughout the heavens, but
> they have a prime directive not to communicate with the
> fallen world. Any signals we receive from ETs would be
> assumed to have been produced by satan and his minions,
> intending to deceive the people of earth.

Religionists have no problem incorporating ETs into their superstitious
cosmology, because it's all make believe to begin with. Scientists, in start
contrast, would find it impossible to fit ETs (Santa Claus, Harry Potter, et
al.) into any version of rational physics, because science is based on
empirical evidence. So you see, it's science (rather than religion) that would
be shattered by contact with ETs.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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