Climate changes causes space alien invasion

No, really.
A pre-emptive strike [from extraterrestrials] would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilization may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand.

Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilizational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of Earth’s atmosphere (e.g. via greenhouse gas emissions), which therefore changes the spectral signature of Earth. While it is difficult to estimate the likelihood of this scenario, it should at a minimum give us pause as we evaluate our expansive tendencies.
Emphasis is mine.

Behold the grand spectacle of science in this, the second decade of the 21st century. The quote is from an actual scientific paper, passing actual peer review. The paper containing the quote was published in Acta Astronautica (Baum et al. ,2011, AA 68(11-12): 2114-2129). The Guardian (p) is actually taking this horse manure seriously here.

What is amazing about this, is not even that we have a bunch of people writing this drivel. No, it is the fact that two or three reviewers, plus the editor of the journal, thought it was a completely logical, scientifically responsible and (dare I say it?) sane statement to make.

Far be it from me to raise the anxiety of parent readers with college aged children. But these people are beyond redemption. They should not be allowed out without supervision. Yet it is these people that are educating your kids. It is these people you are lavishing the quite considerable tuition fees on. Them and the (equally insane, apparently) boards that employ them.

The demise of science, indeed.

3 opmerkingen:

DP111 zei

Quote: Likewise, any message that indicates of widespread loss of biodiversity or rapid rates of expansion may be dangerous if received by such universalist ETI.

I think this scenario is from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, in which Capt Kirk and co travel back in time to Earth in the 20th century. The mission - to ensure that whales did not become extinct in the polluted oceans. The reason that the survival of whales was essential for humans was because ETIs were monitoring whale songs. If the songs ceased, they would investigate, find out that man had destroyed the ecosystem and thus bio-diversity, and then destroy humanity.

NASA needs to get in touch with Capt Kirk.

This is the state NASA is reduced to, post its mission to boldly go outreach to Muslims, where no sane man has gone before.

DP111 zei


Cant find the Baum paper in the link you gave. Can you check if its still there.

Klein Verzet zei

Direct link to thefficial abstract of the paper is here. A pdf of the article can be found through the WUWT link. The paper is here