SETI Viewpoint: ETI and Homo sapiens

Robert Owen (
Fri, 01 Oct 1999 21:16:08 -0400

The following quotation, from Loren Eiseley's best-known book,
may require cautious reading to clearly distinguish what Eiseley
IS saying from what he is NOT saying. [RMO]

        "Lights come and go in the night sky. Men,
        troubled at last by the things they build, may
        toss in their sleep and dream bad dreams, or lie
        awake while the meteors whisper greenly
        overhead. But nowhere in all space or on a
        thousand worlds will there be men to share our
        loneliness. There may be wisdom; there may be
        power; somewhere across space great
        instruments, handled by strange, manipulative
        organs, may stare vainly at our floating cloud
        wrack, their owners yearning as we yearn.
        Nevertheless, in the nature of life and in
        principles of evolution we have had our answer.
        Of men [as are known on earth] elsewhere, and
        beyond, there will be none forever."

                              - The Immense Journey

Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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