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Rationalthinking101.com is my blog and whenever I post to it, like now, it’s setup to share my post both on Twitter and Facebook.

Since I live in Texas, I’m in the Trump Bible Belt. I’ve got friends here and I work for the state, but in a recent survey I discovered most of my Texan friends don’t believe in rational science and definitely support Trump. They believe Earth was created 6,000 years ago (even though many Christians believe otherwise) and that Trump is the best president ever (mind boggling to me – don’t they keep up?).

These views make their way to RationalThinking101.com and as a result trickle to Facebook and Twitter. Once in awhile (not every day, mind you), I get a notification that some person I worked with for years and years has unfriended me.

How can that be? I accepted them as my friend and coworker, can they not do the same?

Of course, I’ve got many Texan friends on Facebook and 99.99% of them remain my friends, the occasional dropout makes me sad.

Here are a few of my views. If you don’t like ’em, get rid of me, but I still like you as a person.

  1. Earth is over 4 billion years old.
  2. Trump is a bad president.
  3. I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
  4. We went to the moon.
  5. The Earth is not flat.
  6. Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
  7. I get along with pretty much everybody even if politically I bite my lip. (I was afraid, during the last election, to put posters in my yard. I feared for my family and my home.)
  8. I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
  9. I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
  10. I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.

There ya go.

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Why can’t we come to a feasible conclusion on whether aliens exist or not?

Of course we can! The answer is no, there are no aliens from other planets. This is not the answer you wanted, but if you really understood how far a light year is then you would know the very nearest star is 4 light years. Another candidate is 40 light years.

No one can achieve or even approach the speed of light. To go 4 light years at max speed, and then slow down once you got there, would take no less than 150 years each direction.

To go to a more likely candidate Trappist 1 at 40 light years would take 1,500 years each way, whether you were an alien from there or from Earth.

However the chances space dwelling entities live so close is unlikely.

The more likely distances are thousands or millions of light years away.

Should we launch into a serious attempt to protect ourselves from dangerous aliens, whether hostile or non-hostile (prohibition of gigantically powerful broadcasts, global camouflage, hugely improved military technology, space-war games, or so on)?

No. Simply because of distance.

All of this alien nonsense does not take into account that the nearest star is four light years away. It is such a great distance that traveling at the fastest speed possible it would take at least 150 years each way to traverse. Other stars are many, many more light years. 40 light years would take 1,500 years to traverse, that is where the Trappist-1 system is which is the next best candidate for “Earth-size” planets to exist.

Traveling at light speed is impossible, both for us and for aliens. I’m sorry to say, it is unlikely we’ll ever know for sure if intelligent life exists elsewhere, and if it does, it is unlikely they will ever know we exist.

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Why do aliens always have to look and have similar biology to us?

Exactly! To date, no life has been found on any other planet or meteor. We would really like to find life elsewhere, and the most likely candidates within reach would be the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Beyond that you have to go interstellar. Since it would take hundreds or even thousands of years to reach even the nearest stars at the fastest speed we’ve ever achieved in space, interstellar travel is unlikely now or in the future.

Put away Star Trek and Star Wars. Aliens are not visiting us and we are not going to visit them, whatever they may look like.

If 50 years into the future, an alien civilization comes to Earth to invade our planet and only you know about it, what will you do?

Sneeze. That would probably kill them all off since they would not have developed evolutionary immunity to our germs. George Orwell was quite right.