ENG 105 10:20
The Impossibility and Lies of the Alien Theory
â€œI'm frequently asked, "Do you believe there's extraterrestrial intelligence?" I give the standard arguments- there are a lot of places out there, the molecules of life are everywhere, I use the word billions, and so on. Then I say it would be astonishing to me if there weren't extraterrestrial intelligence, but of course there is as yet no compelling evidence for it. Often, I'm asked next, "What do you really think?" I say, "I just told you what I really think." "Yes, but what's your gut feeling?" But I try not to think with my gut. If I'm serious about understanding the world, thinking with ...view middle of the document...
When you consider how technologically advanced we are yet it takes this long to reach Mars, it seems impossible that anything would have the technology that surpasses ours by several thousand times. In 50 years we have increased our capable distance to be travelled by 586 times but this is assuming a one way trip rather than a round trip. (Space.com). Currently the New Horizons space shuttle is on its way to Pluto and it will take approximately 9 years and 6 months to reach from when it was launched (nasa.gov/science). It takes that long to reach the outers of our solar system even with New Horizons traveling over 1 million kilometers per day. To put that number in perspective, the shuttle travels the entire Earthâ€™s circumference 25 times a day. Yet it takes 9 years to reach Pluto and the closest sun to us is over 7000 times farther away meaning at even our high intellect and technology it would take approximately 67000 years to reach it (nasa.gov/docs). However, while it seems like something from fantasy, there is a current theory that is being tested that involved bending space, or condensing the area in front of the ship and elongating it behind the ship. This technology would require large amounts of antimatter which we are only able to create one milligram per 10 billion dollars, or a less effective antiproton which is 10 milligrams per 250 million dollars. Additionally there is not a safe means to use this as fuel as it is unable to be normally stored as antimatter reacts with normal matter to completely destroy both (www.nasa.gov/exploration).
Next, is the evaluation of human sightings, photographs, crop circles and videos. All of these are main arguments in the belief that aliens have visited the Earth. However, most of these can easily be discredited or explained. For example, ever since the Roswell incident in 1947, reports of sighting, abductions, and strange lights have increased dramatically as shown in the graph below.
In addition, after such famous reports of alien abductions such as that of Travis Waltonâ€™s in 1976, that became a popular book and move called Fire in the Sky, the reports of abductions skyrocketed leading to the logical conclusion that humans are falsely reporting these incidents for the sheer point of fame. After all this is not an uncommon occurrence considering that teenage girls were deliberately getting pregnant to be featured on the show â€œ16 & Pregnantâ€. But back to the topic, human testimony is extremely unreliable and therefore should not be considered proof. To continue, many believers look at crop circles as proof of alien contact. However, National Geographic has a series called â€œIs It Real?â€ that did a documentary titled Crop Circles and in this documentary it covered all sides of the alien issue. In the documentary it expressed and showed the similarities between the shape and structure of the crop circles to modern day art. In other words, the crop circles reflect...