archive: SETI FW: [ASTRO] Ask yourself, next time you see stars...

SETI FW: [ASTRO] Ask yourself, next time you see stars...

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@zoomtel.com )
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 10:42:39 -0400

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From: CVA
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 1998 9:38 PM
To: astro@lists.mindspring.com
Subject: [ASTRO] Ask yourself, next time you see stars...

Hello all -

This is, I know, ordinarily frowned upon on the Astro-list. But I think,
you'll agree, it is perfectly appropriate. With only some minor technical
editing, I pass it on with my best wishes. The source, a close friend,
works with the Muppets, so the ending should be no surprise.

Claudio

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Fwd.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, the fire dwindling nearby, Holmes said: "Watson, look up and tell me what you see".

Watson said "I see a fantastic panorama of countless of stars".

Holmes: "And what does that tell you?"

Watson: "Astronomically, it suggests to me that if there are billions of
other galaxies that have roughly similar stellar population densities as
represented by my view, that, potentially, trillions of planets may be
associated with such a galactic and, therefore, stellar population.
Allowing for similar chemical distribution throughout the cosmos it may be
reasonably implied that life -- and possibly intelligent life -- may well
fill the universe.

Also, being a believer, theologically, it tells me that the vastness of
space may be yet another suggestion of the greatness of God and that we are
small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, the blackness of the sky and the crispness of the
stellar images tells me that there is low humidity and stable air and
therefore we are most likely to enjoy a beautiful day tomorrow.

Why? - What does it tell you, Mr. Holmes?"

Holmes: "Someone stole our tent".

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