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SETI and Religion:  Why We Need Little Green Men

SETI and Religion: Why We Need Little Green Men

Atheism, Creation, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, doubt, extraterrestrial intelligences, Human Condition, Milky Way, Nature, quantum physics, Religion, Science, secularism, SETI, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology, wonder, world
When I was … I dunno … maybe 9 or 10 years old, I encountered someplace a few creepy little verses of poetry that, because of the “creepiness coefficient,” I hesitate to call a “nursery rhyme”. (Of course, many nursery rhymes and kids’ fables would make Quentin Tarantino look like Jane Austen.) The lines rather creep me out even today when I read or recite them: Yesterday upon the stair, / I met a man who wasn’t there. / He wasn’t there again today; / I wish, I wish he’d go away! At least in the popular imagination, this little doggerel could also describe the public’s fascination with the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). By any rational estimate, the lack of evidence in favor of the existence of intelligence outside of Planet Earth, combined with the stern application of ...