Saturday, April 17, 2010

Geology of Europa and American denialism in science

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Does the geology of Europa provide evidence of water there? See article. Note: This article is from 2003.
g Message - Cosmologist Paul Davies from NAI’s ASU team, winner of the 1995 Templeton Prize, believes that SETI’s search for narrow-band radio signals from planets around other stars needs to be broadened to look for other possible signs of life. In his new book, “The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence”, he explores the idea that aliens may be using far more advanced technology than radio to signal the cosmos, such as manipulating pulsars to act as beacons or even neutrino signaling. See article.
g Cosmicus - U.S. defense companies are hopeful that President Barack Obama's plans to use $6 billion over the next five years for space exploration will provide them with fresh revenue. See article.
g Learning - American denialism threatens many areas of scientific progress, including the widespread fear of vaccines and the useless trust placed in the vast majority of dietary supplements quickly come to mind. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s an interesting book for some astrobiological reading: “After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life” by Albert A. Harrison.

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Sal said...

Ummm.......I fail to see the connection between the adherence to the thugocracy running the pharmaceutical owned medical industrial complex who has been proven time after time to put money over the effectiveness of their drugs (also often adversely to the real science of health) and those who hold that we are the only beings in the universe. I actually know people who honestly believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and that fossils aren't real - they, btw, are usually people who infallibly fall in line for their flu shots each season.

Don't blame the people for ignorance when there are those in positions of power who will bastardize any true finding to keep their own power, or merely to rape the people of every dime they can muster from them via distortion of scientific findings - and even lying. Did we not get a taste of what science turns into when politicians get their greasy fingers into it for their own profits with the leak that led to climategate? Will archaeology follow suit and finally allow the true phenomenal dates of suppressed findings be publicly known?

I don't think "denial" is a fair assumption - I think suppression and manipulationis the fault.

As far as the information you are dispersing onto the internet - keep it going. People need to know what the REAL findings are before their local University admins, politicians, and religious zealots get their hands on it and bastardize it for their own self-elevating purposes.

I enjoy reading your observations and information. From someone who has spent 5 years now bringing truth in science to my viewers, it's a pleasure to read someone else with an interest in what is really out there before the edited version hits the MSM.

Rob Bignell said...

It's probably a lot more psychologically and sociologically complicated than either just denial or difficulty in wading through propaganda. I'd suggest it has much to do with a general "disinterest" in deep thinking ... whether the cause be a cultural bias against it or whether people are just too confused to know what to think (it's probably a little of both and then some), if more people examined issues and their lives with the same depth as the great philosophers (I'd offer Einstein, Gandhi and Martin luther King Jr. as examples of people who lived such a life, never mind their genius), perhaps we'd all be better off. In any case, thank you for the kind words about the site.