>Anyway, i gotta get running to the extrasolar planet
>lecture at Harvard right now <hint><hint>, but i've
>jokingly quipped (though i'm dead serious) that *if*
>i should ever come in physical contact with an E.T.,
>i'm gonna bodyslam it to the ground, pounce on top of
>it & yell out:
>"TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GODS & RELIGIONS!!!"
>(ok, so maybe i wouldn't be the best ambassador...)
This presumes that ETI would even think along those lines,
i.e., needing a deity or deities to explain their world
and give them rules and comfort in this existence.
>But to *me* (& i think i can justify this), the bigger
>& more important question is to ask about their religions;
>my reasoning being that, if they, say, recite The Gospel
>Story of Christ (or whatever), to *me* it would be pretty
>damn compelling evidence of its validity, even if it were
>only a statistical sample set of 2.
And let's not forget the several other thousand human
belief systems that also exist on this planet.