archive: RE: SETI The Drake Equation - Probability One

RE: SETI The Drake Equation - Probability One

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Fri, 21 May 1999 08:03:10 -0400

At 07:07 PM 05/20/1999 -0400, Cecchini, Ron wrote:

>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.

Larry