it's still hard to wrangle my cognitive dissonance and pin it to the mat. A decade of learning at the fringes and connecting dots for the last few years, I'm still steeped in ignorance about the bigger pictures.
Most of my learning is at the ground level, dealing with the dailiness of life. Only recently have I shifted gears and had the time to read and reflect more about these subjects. It's frustrating as heck to find even cursory review tells me my ignorance is deep and wide.
The more 'esoteric' parts of aliens is still part of my learning process.
For years I thought the idea of aliens was just a lot of hooey. The book Rare Earth pretty much eliminated the notion of another earth-like planet as the author used a Drake Equation to make his case.
I bought that reasoning because I wanted to believe that people who were comfortable with the idea that aliens were real didn't fit my views. That was a place of certain comfort to me, something that could be walled off, even though my early beliefs were that life existed in other solar systems as well as ours. As an example, learning about the reality of Chem Trails was so upsetting I could barely process the notion that we're being gassed and crippled by our government. These discussions are a another order of magnitude.
The science of exoplanets showed that most suns have planets. That data was then countered by the implausible statement that these worlds would not support our version of life. Even as that was trotted out it would be pure hubris to think our life form was the predominant one. Unless the planet had earthlike conditions, the chances that life existed was remote. Can't be scaring the locals, yanno.
As thousands were discovered in our neighborhood, my knowledge of numbers told me that with 100,000,000,000 suns in our galaxy, there's probably 5 times that in planets. There was not a flying F chance that all were barren worlds.
This board quickly moved me to conclude that even without me actually meeting an ET, it's completely plausible that this solar system, outside of earth, has been a place of life for billions of years and part of a vastly greater ocean of life, even within a few hundred light years from earth
Now I need to get up to some speed on how our species is genetically and culturally related to other exoplanet life forms. The evidence has been hiding in plain sight for decades and centuries. Pan Spermia seems to have a deep reality here.
Even more than that are the beliefs and statements here that extend the thinking so far beyond my parochial ideas that I have to sit down and reflect on what's written. It's like Chemtrails; ideas and facts of such magnitude that it undercuts decades of thinking I knew something about this subject. The ground under me seems slippery at times and footing is not easy.
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