Tuesday, May 1, 2007

HomeWORLD Defense

In my primary blog, Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker, I mentioned the previous post on this blog and poked fun towards the illegal alien protests that took place in Houston and other US cities today with the following:
Face it, with all our open mindedness and scientific wonder, the first thing we would do if we were ever visited from space is to get into a war against the new people. Either that or welcome them in with open arms and let them take over. (It's always one extreme or the other). After all , the aliens are only looking for good jobs for their families and a chance to survive.
I was surprised to see that a group of engineers actually wrote An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion, a manual of how to defend the planet against extra-terrestrials who come here to cause trouble. ( Hat Tip: Junk Science.com)

I think it would be really neat and exciting to discover intelligent life existed elsewhere in the universe. Such a discovery would not even make me question the tenants of my faith (as was implied that the movie and book Contact by Carl Sagan). There is no question in my mind or my heart that God created all life through a process that is far to complicated for us mortals to understand. We can come close to hypothesizing the mechanism (evolution, intelligent design) and understanding the fossil record but we will never truly understand how life came to exist.

Likewise I have no illusion that life only formed on this planet and life that did form on another planet has the same potential to grow and develop with the guiding hand of the Almighty just as we have here.

What I am certain of is that in the vastness of space, those planets that contain life are likely so far apart that it is either physically impossible for the peoples of these different planets to ever meet each other OR that they are far enough apart that by the time we meet we will be free of our uncontrollable desire to fear the unknown and kill anything or anyone that we do not understand.


Blogger ABFreedom said...

Were just gonna have to break a few physical laws to speed up the process... ;-)

May 1, 2007 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Dumb Ox said...

Interestingly, Thomas Aquinas' theorizing explicitly leaves room for not only other rational beings, but even those who might be MORE intellectual than us. Of course, he has in mind a view of the universe where there is a whole symmetrical part peopled by spiritual realities, including all sorts of hierarchies of angels. Man is created in "God's image" in our intellect and reason. Other beings may well share that, but look differently, and have less limiting bodies (which would potentially make them more rational in a relative sense).

AB: You no doubt know that we call them "laws" only metaphorically!

All the best,
D. Ox

May 2, 2007 at 8:26 AM  

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