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The argument is made that since the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was born in 1548 and was burned at the stake in 1600, believed in an infinite universe, believed that the stars were other suns which might have their own planets orbiting around them… and believed that these planets might be inhabited, then Bruno would then be the man who “invented” aliens. Which brings up the more basic issue of how do you search for intelligence life elsewhere in the universe? Since there’s a good chance that the current SETI approach, based on the idea that somewhere in the universe alien civilizations are sending radio messages directed at Earth, may be completely misguided, how else could we go about it? For your consideration, here are Ten [More] Ways to Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe
The ability to plan for the future is thought to be unique to humans, or more controversially to primates…and birds. Now a relative to the weasel that’s native to Central and South America has shown the same ability by picking unripe plantains and hiding them until they ripen. But critics counter that “we don’t know if the tayras are actually hungry when they are caching.” Another rather mainstream controversial question is: Is there Fifteenth-Century European Knowledge of Australia?
Did an Italian explorer from Bologna learn of Australia while he was in Java?
Michael Prescott ponders a point made by a woman who writes about her near-death experience: that “while we think of ourselves as human beings who have a soul, we would be more correct in viewing ourselves as souls who temporarily inhabit human bodies.” This distinction turns out to be pretty important, says Prescott. Over at the Daily Mail, a summary of the recent ABC Nightline program “Beyond Belief” hosted by news anchor Bob Woodruff: What happens when we die? Near-death survivors describe life on other side
. Woodward had his own near-death experience when he was severely injured in Iraq in 2006.
Kevin Randle argues that if Robert Willingham and his tale of the Del Rio (or the El Indio – Guerrero) UFO crash is discredited, then the most famous MJ-12 document, which mentions the crash, is discredited as well. When Stan Friedman replied that “Absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence,” Randle got to thinking about this line and concluded that it’s nothing but a “last ditch effort to support a concept, idea, theory, or story that has nothing else to support it.” Questions have also been raised about one of the most remarkable photographs in UFO lore, the one supposedly taken over the Wanaque reservoir in New Jersey in 1966. In Something Doesn’t Add Up: The Wanaque Reservoir UFO Sighting of 1966
, the RRR Group points to certain discrepancies that lead them to think that the photograph is a fake. What’s your take?
Remember the “phantom social worker” and “phantom health visitor” panics of the 1990s, in which people claiming to be social workers would turn up at peoples’ houses with young children and ask intrusive questions? You’re not going to believe what a social worker did who turned up at a man’s home in California. We’ll start you off with this: “”On the afternoon of Sunday May 1st, a fifty-three year-old Sonoma man opened his front door, to be greeted by a woman who said she’d come to give him an enema.”