I just spent about an hour writing a response to Martin's comments on the infeasibility of alien visitation. When I hit save, I got a timeout error, and the entire thing was erased. I'm posting again to ask if anyone here would even be interested in a conversation about that topic. If so, I'll retype it later.
I wrote to Matt about this a while back. I guess he didn't have time to reply:
I love the Atheist Experience.
A couple of quibbles about this week's show, though:
When you and Mark were riffing about the absurdity of alien visitation, you guys were making a lot of assumptions about hypothetical alien civilizations that were shaky. Example: why would you assume an older, advanced civilization would need to spend a large percentage of its resources to explore space? With advanced technology and/or novel forms of economies it may be very cheap to explore the universe with automated machines.
Like you, I don't believe the Earth has been visited, but it's not because I think it's unlikely--I don't believe we know enough to make that assertion yet--I disbelieve the claims because they lack credible evidence.
Keep up the good work!
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The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, May 10th at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. Steve Bratteng will talk on "Your Mother's Day Gift to You: Your Microbiome Starter Kit." The lecture is free and open to the public. The building opens at noon.