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I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens

Lark

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You've probably seen the meme.

Is the "it was aliens" the scientific equivalent of the religious "it was God"?
 

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While I don’t think it’s impossible we’ve been visited, I find the whole “aliens built the pyramids” line of thinking to be kind of insulting, as if to say ancient humans lacked the determination and fortitude to accomplish anything without assistance. It’s also simultaneously anthropocentric, this idea that we would be an object of such importance to highly advanced aliens. Assuming we have been visited, it’s more likely to be studied and observed at a distance. If aliens were able to make it here, it’s likely they’d be at a level of development where they’d easily be able to conceal themselves from our detection. More likely is that any other species at a level similar to or more advanced than ours is too distant to bother with visiting and surveying our solar system. Iirc, most of the sunlike stars capable of supporting earth like planets in our galaxy are located closer to galactic center. Our sun is essentially a backwater or distant island. Think of it like some remote pacific island in relation to Eurasia. I think it’s likely there is other sentient life in our galaxy and beyond, but unlikely we’ve been visited or are even known about by those other civilizations
 

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I blame the History Channel. Ain't nuthin' scientific in there.
 

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I blame the History Channel. Ain't nuthin' scientific in there.

Well, I think it is a hypothesis, maybe not a great one, and one which probably cant be falsified by further research findings.
 

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I didn't see the meme but ....


This simply isn't scientific equivalent of God since for scientific reasoning you need some kinds of facts and scientific method of studying the problem. While Aliens in this context are more on the level of conspiracy theory.
 

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Is it true that the Giorgio guy in the memes doesn’t even have any background in any fields relevant to that tv show?
 

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I blame the History Channel. Ain't nuthin' scientific in there.

Yeah, wassup with the "History" channel???

Damn, i'm stuck watching Syfy for my reality fix....
 

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While I don’t think it’s impossible we’ve been visited, I find the whole “aliens built the pyramids” line of thinking to be kind of insulting, as if to say ancient humans lacked the determination and fortitude to accomplish anything without assistance. It’s also simultaneously anthropocentric, this idea that we would be an object of such importance to highly advanced aliens. Assuming we have been visited, it’s more likely to be studied and observed at a distance. If aliens were able to make it here, it’s likely they’d be at a level of development where they’d easily be able to conceal themselves from our detection. More likely is that any other species at a level similar to or more advanced than ours is too distant to bother with visiting and surveying our solar system. Iirc, most of the sunlike stars capable of supporting earth like planets in our galaxy are located closer to galactic center. Our sun is essentially a backwater or distant island. Think of it like some remote pacific island in relation to Eurasia. I think it’s likely there is other sentient life in our galaxy and beyond, but unlikely we’ve been visited or are even known about by those other civilizations

But how do you explain the Pumamen? You don't believe in the gods who came from other worlds?
 

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It was just Italian filmmakers faking it, like how Kubrick faked the moon landing

Well, at least Kubrick had a decency to apologize for faking the moon landing by making a movie admitting it. I can't say that those Italian guys did.
 

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Yeah, wassup with the "History" channel???

It used to be okay... I remember watching [alien-free] documentaries about ancient Egypt as a kid on there. Then sometime around 2010, the network jumped the shark with a huge influx of alt history-realityTV-conspiracy-craziness. It was funny... at first.

Damn, i'm stuck watching Syfy for my reality fix....

Oh god, don’t get me started on Syfy, now! The spelling change still makes me mad.
It looks like some kind of STD. :dont:
 

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Religion has given us a Heaven populated by a panoply of Angels, and as our faith has faded they have been replaced by aliens.

Aliens are more plausible than Angels as there are four trillion galaxies, so the chance of some being inhabited by aliens is good. It is just that the universe is so big and the speed of light is so relatively slow, that we are unlikely to meet them.

We want to believe, we have the will to believe, only we don't have the evidence or the reason to believe, but this doesn't matter, because we are entranced by the thought of Angels or aliens, where our critical mind goes to sleep, and our imaginative mind wakes up. Quite like mbti.
 
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