archive: Re: FW: SETI Fwd: Scientist: Reason for Optimism in ET Search

Re: FW: SETI Fwd: Scientist: Reason for Optimism in ET Search

MarcusJohn@aol.com
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 23:02:27 EDT

In a message dated 8/24/98 3:57:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Fractenna@aol.com
writes:

>
> I understand and empathize with the possibility but knowing presumes
> KNOWLEDGE.

In the sense that Paul is using, knowing does not imply certainty, but a
combination of faith in statistics, hope, belief in logic, political science,
and psychology. He is not implying that anyone has proof that we are not
alone. And it is certainly not a scientific argument.

We can move foreward from here, and still try to get the hard data that will
make such euphemistic statements unneccessary.

Sincerely,

John Marcus M.D.
KE3SW.