Re: MEDIA: NOVA on Gamma Ray Bursters

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 06:47:38 MST

Dossy wrote:
> Perhaps the "natural universe" isn't as natural as it appears?
> Perhaps our universe (or at least our portion of the universe,
> such as our solar system) is "farmed" by highly advanced beings.
> Perhaps life on Earth was "seeded" by these advanced beings.
> Perhaps these beings (who may live for a couple million years,
> or indefinitely long, even) felt it was more "cost" effective
> (not monetary, obviously, but perhaps in work effort required)
> to create millions of solar systems and life on each to let
> us grow and evolve, until they're ready to "farm" us for
> whatever purpose. Perhaps we're merely entertainment -- like
> an ant farm.
> This is of course, "wildly irrational speculation" but since
> we seem to be partaking in it, I might as well throw out my
> ideas.

It is important to learn what is rational and irrational speculation.
What people like Robert, Anders, John, etc are engaging in is rational
speculation based entirely on sound and established scientific

Talk of humanity being farmed by alien races is irrational speculation,
because it assumes facts not in evidence: i.e. the presence of aliens on
earth at any time in history or prehistory as far as we can determine.
However, as soon as real material evidence of such a presence is found
and announced, such speculation then can become rational speculation.

This is a fine distinction, but one that separates science from
supermarket tabloids.

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