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THE GENERAL UFO BOOK

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THE "THE DISTANCES ARE TOO GREAT" ARGUMENT

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Skeptic. 17 The distances to other stars are vast, and the chances of any stars even relatively nearby supporting advanced life are slim, and travel cannot be faster that the speed of light. [ 20] 18 Therefore, if the distances to other stars are vast, etc., then extraterrestrial craft have not been visiting Earth. [ 21] 19  Therefore, extraterrestrial craft have not been visiting Earth. [18, 17 MP]

Believer. 20 [vs. 17] It is not clear at all that science has never developed or can never develop a means for traveling faster than the speed of light (using wormholes, etc.). The chances simply seem to be 50-50 that faster-than-light travel is possible.

21 [vs. 18] Also, you say (see 18) that if the distances to other stars are vast, etc., then extraterrestrial craft have not been visiting Earth. But this is unproven. Even supposing that there is no way to travel faster than the speed of light, your point (18) is still unproven. Eric Jones of Los Alamos Laboratories showed that an expanding sphere of colonized stellar systems could, even using slower-than-light vehicles, fill our entire galaxy within sixty million years. (Of course, that means that any race originating on a planet closer to us than the diameter of the galaxy would reach us in less time). Since the universe is 16 billion years old, even if intelligent life were so rare that colonizations of the Milky Way happened only one at a time, sequentially, our solar system could still have been colonized 266.7 times. [combine with other Drake equation factors.]

 

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