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.
- Earth is over 4 billion years old.
- Trump is a bad president.
- I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
- We went to the moon.
- The Earth is not flat.
- Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
- 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.)
- I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
- I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
- I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.
There ya go.
How would an alien civilization change if they met us? It would forever change both their and our civilizations much as the recently discovered Brazilian tribe pictured below will be forever changed by modern mankind, which they didn’t even know existed until fairly recently. The photo is an aerial shot. No one has met these people yet.
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.
I know. It’s old news already. Everybody knows. Here’s the new take on it. Follow along.
Imagine we want to go to some place that might have life. We don’t know if there’s life or not, but we want to go and find out.
To quote the NASA website, designed to generate funding for NASA so that Trump won’t cut it out of existence, it says: (This is where the old news already follow along part comes in.)
|NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”
Bla bla bla. To date, no extraterrestrial microbe has ever been found — not even in our own solar system. We have not even found a fossil of a microbe. We have no idea whether life exists on any other planet in the universe other than here.
We want to find life. It will finally prove life evolves. No need for God!
It hasn’t happened yet.
Is it possible life exists elsewhere? Yes.
No proof of that above statement exists.
GIven so, are we being visited by aliens and is the bungling government covering it up? No.
Anyway, how do we go and find out? That’s 40 light years away. It would take the fastest spaceship 700,000 years to get there.
We’d need a generational spaceship. You and your mates blast off. You live your life on the spaceship. You have kids. You die. They have kids, they die. For many generations. Finally you arrive. Just like Earth traveling through space.
Well, guess what? We are already on a generational spaceship. It’s called Earth. It’s traveling through space. Generations come and go. Sometime in the future we may or may not see if there’s life out there other than us. No need to build a spaceship.