The evolution of a skeptic

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    Back in the 70s, a movie came out called "The Chariots of the Gods". as a young man I watched this movie and was mesmerized. It all made sense to me. The pyramids, the Easter Island Statues, the Nasca Lines, the Miracles of Christ, it was Aliens. I even expounded on the theory and believed that Aliens impregnated Mary artificailly (The Virgin Birth) and Jesus was the spawn of an Alien Race and that was how he could perform his miracles.

    I believed this for about 5 years.

    The one day when I was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina and a completely broke newly married sailor, i had nothing to do on a saturday and was watching PBS, when a special came on that showed a group of scientists, going over all of the claims in the movie and showed how they were complete non-sense. What struck me was how simple then answers were to many of the questions asked by the movie.

    I vowed never to be fooled like that again. That vow has served me well in life and it is not very hard to find explanations to many of the so-called mysteries claimed by people.

    I don't believe in Alien Visitation or abduction, I don't believe in ESP of any kind, not sasquatch, not the Yeti, or ghosts, or demons. I won't be fooled again.
     
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    So basically, what I hear you saying is that you don't believe in the mysteries of the universe?
     
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    Not at all.

    There are many mysteries of the universe, seeing as how we know little about it.
     
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    You may have thrown out the baby with the bathwater. I for one, have had some experience of esp.
     
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    I don't know you, and with the respect given in general to another person even without knowing them, I'll simply say I doubt it.

    ESP doesn't exist.
     
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    I don't believe in ghosts, either, Predfan. I experienced something paranormal-ish - recorded a clear voice on a voice recorder that wasn't my own, as I was completely alone - but put it down to something unexplainable.

    Yetis/sasquatch? Nah. What with all the sophiscticated thermal imaging equipment available on the open market, I find it difficult to believe that ten foot ape men live undisturbed in Nepal and the Pacific North-West. Same goes for the Loch Ness Monster.

    I find it hard to believe that extra terrestrials would traval halfway across the galaxy to sexually assault lone hikers in New Mexico; but I firmly believe in the existence of sentient beings beyond our solar system.
     
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    I'm a proponent of the Rare Earth theory. I believe that life is abundant in the universe, the vast vast majority of it is simple one-celled extremophiles living in barren and inhospitable environments. Sentient life is so rare that it is almost non-existant outside of our planet. There is no possible way that any being could travel faster than light, and therefor wouldn't be able to get here.
     
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    I agree with most of this. Dont really disregard sasquatch. As far as aliens go, I dont doubt it one bit. As big as the universe is, it (to me) seems ignorant to think this is the only planet with intelligent life. Faster than light? Maybe. Our knowledge of the universe is slim, and based on calculations that we understand. We dont know shit. Just because we are carbon based does not mean that it has to be carbon based everywhere
     
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    I'm of the opinion that intelligent aliens exist, but that they're justifiably paranoid, hence all the survivors are laying low and hiding their radio emissions. If an alien race is willing to take centuries delivering the weapon, they can create planetkiller asteroid/comet weapons by aiming them at another planet and slowly accelerating them to near lightspeed. No defense against it, as by the time you can see it, it's already there. And it only takes one such paranoid "get everyone else before they get us" race to wipe out all the naive and friendly races.

    The good news for us is that our radio noise fades below background after about 10 light-years, so it's likely we're still hidden. And we should keep it that way. The silence that SETI has found should instill some wariness, like you'd feel if you drove into a strange town and there wasn't a single other person to be found anywhere.
     
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    Oh well. Believe that nonsense if you want to.

    Doubt what? That there is alien life? That we've been visited by alien life forms?

    Why is that? Why can there not be only one?

    It's true that we don't know it all but we know a lot. And with what we do know we can explain most things that we see occurring in the universe. The reason is that other celestial bodies act in a manner that is easily explained by and strictly obeys the laws of physics. One of the laws of physics says that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

    True of course but even if there was life forms that were composed of light itself, they still cannot travel faster than that speed.
     

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