I made a video a few days ago, and I accidently told the story about how I may or may not have been abducted by aliens as a teenager, but I didn’t post the video because I was too busy contemplating my feminist SAHM status and my cute toddler, and I was pretty sure that I would lose all post-zombie credibility.
But if I asked YOU if you believed in aliens and if you told me THE TRUTH, I could actually post the video (morphing it into a vlog-eo) and y’all would send hate letters to anyone who dared questioned my ability to function in the real world because it would be LIKE QUESTIONING YOURS.
Also because you’d know that the electrodes make me smarter.
So I ask: Do you believe in aliens?
Answer that makes me feel a little less crazy, which is impressive in and of itself. Mandy writes: Totally believe in aliens. Then again, I believe in fairies, the Loch Ness monster, Santa and Big Foot. I may not be the best person to defend you, but I’ll totally listen with rapt attention, nodding my head emphatically. The truth is out there…
Answer that made me smarter. The Mother writes:
That’s a two part question.
First part: Do you believe that the multiple alien sightings and abductions are proof of extraterrestrial life? Uh,no. I think it’s proof that the mind plays tricks on us. Lots of tricks. Some people more than others. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that an alien species would look anything like us, since they would have had a completely separate evolutionary path. They could, for example, have radial symmetry like the hydra. It’s also highly unlikely that anything advanced enough to get here would start their first conversation by abducting and experimenting on a drunk farmer in the midwest. They could just tap into our internet and learn everything they need to know.
Second part: Do you believe there COULD be intelligent life out there that might eventually make contact with us? Absolutely. It’s enormously egotistical to think that we are the only living things in the universe. The same processes that created us are at work in a hundred billion star systems in each of a hundred billion galaxies. Just because we have no evidence of it does not mean it didn’t happen elsewhere. It’s a vast universe and we only have direct experience of a tiny piece of it. As Neil Tyson DeGrasse says, claiming that there is no life because we have no evidence of it is like taking a cup full of water and saying, “See, no whales!” [I also think it’s fairly important to note that life advanced enough to get here is advanced enough to wipe us off the planet. Might be really important to decide whether they’re good guys or bad guys before we try to play.] If you would like to take a peek, there’s a video on the internet of a conversation between two of the leading science educators of our time, hashing around the idea of what extraterrestrial life might be. If nothing else, just bathing in the brilliance is worth the hour of your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ
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