... wrote:such a cynic MPL .... you'll never make a scientist
Shadowwolf wrote:...If people these days being fully aware of commercial jet liners can nonetheless stand right beneath a runway approach path and mistake the damn things for the world's most regular UFO service, well, we have no reason to expect that this heroic level of credulity is in any way peculiar to humans today.
Jamie wrote:IMHO, studying UFO sightings is like studying bath water once you've emptied it. Study a UFO when there's one there to study.
Here's the curious thing about the head of the Vatican's astronomical observatory saying there's a strong likelihood that extraterrestrial beings exist and that they are part of God's plan: not the "what," but the "when," as in "why now?"
May 15, 2008
M Paul Lloyd wrote:Some time ago someone of note (but sadly I cannot recall who) suggested that if only a small percentage of all the stars had planets and only a small percentage of those had planets orbiting them and so on the chances of life having evolved elsewhere was very likely.
The Drake equation states that:
N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which communication might be possible;
R* = the average rate of star formation per year in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets
fℓ = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of the above that actually go on to develop intelligent life
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space
The deathbed confession of CIA officer R. Cotner
MikeG wrote:M Paul Lloyd wrote:Some time ago someone of note (but sadly I cannot recall who) suggested that if only a small percentage of all the stars had planets and only a small percentage of those had planets orbiting them and so on the chances of life having evolved elsewhere was very likely.
That would be the Drake equation.
I think we can dismiss the confession wholesale.
M Paul Lloyd wrote:Ah, I fear I was a little off beam.... but I stand by my own revised version of his famous equation.
Shadowwolf wrote:I think we can dismiss the confession wholesale...Move to dismiss.
MikeG wrote:That is, create a panel to investigate all these assertions.
Shadowwolf wrote:...there is not one single scrap of solid evidence.
Shadowwolf wrote:Any scientific research and analysis would simply be wasting money just as it would be wasted if we inserted psychics, Bigfoot or ghosts instead of UFOs.
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