Re: MEDIA: NOVA on Gamma Ray Bursters

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 07:58:13 MST

From: "Spike Jones" <>
> This isn't at all clear to me. Consider the possibility that the universe
> a
> dangerous place. Advanced technology societies may not wish to
> announce their presence.

Oh, but they *have* announced their presence. Haven't you heard about the
"crop circles" and "abductions"? <snicker>
Apparently ETs are malicious and rude vandals who like to play childish games.

> With sufficiently advanced technology, they
> may be able to make theselves nearly invisible.

Sure, that's it... they're so advanced that they don't want us to discover
them... because, uh, they are very shy, but nevertheless very advanced... and,
uh, they sometimes hide under the bed... I think I saw it in a Calvin and
Hobbes cartoon strip... no wait, that was the Art Bell show. Do you suppose,
Spike, that people may want to believe in ETs for the same kind of reasons
that they want to believe in deities, ghosts, and goblins?

--- --- --- --- ---

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 the scientific method
accurately identifies incorrect thinking.

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