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We put up our 1,000th post a couple of weeks ago. Since then, we’ve been looking through everything we’ve posted, and have been putting up “best of” lists in our most popular categories.

This is the eighth of our first-1,000 “best of” lists. We’ve already posted the Science Fiction, HumorMusicInterviews, AtheismEconomics, and Addictions lists, and will shortly be putting up our final “best ofs”: Politics and  Religion.

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We put up our 1,000th post a week ago. We’re now looking through everything we’ve posted, and are putting up “best of” lists in our most popular categories.

This is the fifth of our first-1,000 “best of” lists. We’ve already posted the Science Fiction, MusicInterviews, and Addictions lists, and will shortly be putting up other “best ofs” in several other categories, including Anarchism, Atheism, Economics, Politics, Religion, Science, and Skepticism.

Humor is by far our most heavily populated category, with 365 posts over the last three years. We found it difficult to pick the funniest ones, but we consider these relative few among the best.

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probing alien

About 15 years ago, I was sitting around one night watching The Hitler Channel.  They were showing a “documentary” on folks who claimed they’d been abducted by aliens. After about 10 minutes of it, I said to myself, “Self, you can’t let ’em get away with this! Who are you not to ridicule them?”

This song was the result.

I’m an awful vocalist, and it took me literally 15 years to find a good one to do it. Finally, after endless badgering, my pal Abe agreed to record it (but for the final screaming and begging from a guy being probed — that’s yours truly; Abe just couldn’t get into it.)

This is the result. Enjoy.

Abductee Blues

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Zeke Teflon is the  author of Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia.

Free Radicals front cover

by Zeke Teflon

While vegging out in front of the tube the other night, I channel surfed to the Hitler Channel, which remarkably enough was showing a non-World War II-related “documentary” on, of course, aliens. During its course, an interviewer asked the trump question “ufologists” always ask about supposed alien visits to Earth (this is a paraphrase): “There are so many other stars and galaxies that there have to be aliens. Aren’t those who deny that aliens visited Earth being close minded?”

If you had to choose one question as proof that there are stupid questions, this is it.

Let’s take a close look at that question and the presumptions that underlie it. First, while it seems very likely that there are intelligent aliens in the universe, there’s still no proof that they exist. As Stephen Jay Gould once remarked when asked about this matter, “Not enough data.” In other words, it’s impossible to prove a negative, the burden of proof rests on the positive, and those who say there’s intelligent alien life have yet to present any evidence for it. And just because something seems likely doesn’t mean it is so.

The right question is this: Have intelligent aliens visited Earth? Again, the burden of proof rests on the positive. And, again, there is no physical evidence that indicates that aliens have visited. Not even one gram of a metal alloy unknown on Earth. Nothing.

There’s anecdotal evidence in abundance, but no hard evidence. Not surprisingly, that anecdotal “evidence” comes almost exclusively from those with little or no scientific background.  For some reason, aliens and UFOs are remarkably adept at hiding from scientists, and especially from astronomers.

Then, of course, there’s the matter of the almost unimaginable distances between the stars and the almost equally unimaginable energy requirements of traveling at even a small fraction of the speed of light. One illustrative fact here is that the fastest spacecraft ever launched from Earth would take approximately 80,000 years to reach the nearest star (if it was headed in that direction, which it isn’t). Those who assert that aliens have visited Earth either ignore these difficulties or gloss over them by blithely asserting that aliens have mastered faster-than-light travel, again while presenting no evidence whatsoever for it.

There’s also the matter of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). In the over half-century of organized SETI searches, SETI researchers have yet to find evidence of alien civilizations. And, needless to say, they want to–for many, it’s their life’s work. The difference between them and “ufologists” is that they follow standard scientific procedure, in which evidence determines conclusions, while “ufologists” insist that their conclusions are correct, while presenting no evidence to support them.

Ufologists need to put up or shut up. Unfortunately, thus far they’ve done neither.

As for skeptics being “close minded,” which is more close minded, the skeptical position, “I’ll consider any possibility. Just show me some good evidence for it,” or the ufo-believer position, which insists on the truth of a cherished belief in the absence of evidence?

Finally, for a bit of fun with UFOs and “ufologists,” here’s “Abductee Blues,” a song I wrote a few years ago and recorded with the Pinche Blues Band in 2014. It’s on the now out-of-print CD, “Three-Beer Night.” Enjoy.

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Zeke Teflon is the author of Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia.

Free Radicals, by Zeke Teflon front cover

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