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Congress Just Held a Remarkable Two-Hour Hearing on Aliens

Congress Just Held a Remarkable Two-Hour Hearing on Aliens

December 9, 2013 - In a refreshingly pro-science move, the House Science Committee set aside two hours yesterday to discuss the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life. The ensuing conversation was fascinating, but at times infuriating, with the experts discussing everything from alien biosignatures to the possibility that we're being watched.

The hearing, called "Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in Our Solar System and Beyond," was set up to examine the burgeoning field of astrobiology and the search for biosignatures in our solar system and beyond. To that end, the U.S. House of Representatives brought together three experts, all PhDs: Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters; Sara Seager, Professor of Physics and of Planetary Science at M.I.T. (whose work we featured earlier this year); and Steven J. Dick, Baruch S. Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology, Library of Congress (who we've also talked about here at io9).


The Republican-dominated House Committee centered many of their questions on the issue of whether astrobiology could be an inspiration for young people to get involved in science and engineering. The witnesses were even asked how they got into astrobiology.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla) even asked the witnesses what they considered to be the greatest danger to life on Earth. Perhaps he was wondering if extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs) might pose a threat. The panelists' answers included asteroids, overpopulation, and somewhat inexplicably, the quest for energy resources. Regrettably, this subject is outside their area of expertise, and their answers reflected as much.

But when they got down to the crux of the topic at hand, the witnesses advocated for increased funding into astrobiology and SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. They asked for investments in space telescopes, like the James Webb telescope scheduled for 2018, to detect chemical signatures of life in the atmospheres of distant exoplanets.

They also discussed the possibility of intelligent life. Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-Tex.) asked, "Do you think there's life out there, and are they studying us? And what do they think about New York City?" The question was clearly about intelligent life, and not microbial life.

Seager was reluctant to speculate about ETIs, and dodgingly said, "The question is: Is there life near here, in our neighborhood of stars? We think the chances are good." To be fair, her speciality is in detecting chemical biosignatures, not intelligent life. Voytek gave a rather perplexing and unimaginative answer, saying "Whether they're looking at New York or some small town in Indiana, the diversity of life here and the way that we live our lives is phenomenal, and I think it goes all the way down from humans to microbes.



Sources and more information:

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( via io9.com )



3 comments

  • Michael777#

    Michael777 wrote December 11, 2013 5:39:29 AM CET

    Just another step towards their final deception, for the purpose of setting up a one world government and religion. A religion not altogether unlike the one Hitler proposed, only instead of it involving "Atlantian priest gods" and the white race, it will include everyone having the option to upgrade their 'ape/neanderthal/alien' DNA with that of alleged alien 'ascended masters' or similar. These are the same "aliens" contact via Ouija boards and other occult rituals, but the Vril group, and nutters like Jack Parsons, Alester Crowley and George Adamski..

    Meanwhile the "scientists" ignore the fact that we've been searching for ET signals for decades, and have found nothing.

    Don't fall for this con, its not aliens from other planets they are contacting.

  • danwiberg9#

    danwiberg9 wrote December 10, 2013 7:04:36 PM CET

    My bullshit alarm is going off.
    "Study exoplanets" yeah sure, light years away, how is that going to work?
    SWAG Scientific Wild Assed Guess.
    Meaningless in reality.

    We cannot control our government and aliens are supposed to be important? Really?

    If we cannot control the assholes down here how in the hell are we going to deal with the people up there?

  • danwiberg9#

    danwiberg9 wrote December 10, 2013 7:04:33 PM CET

    My bullshit alarm is going off.
    "Study exoplanets" yeah sure, light years away, how is that going to work?
    SWAG Scientific Wild Assed Guess.
    Meaningless in reality.

    We cannot control our government and aliens are supposed to be important? Really?

    If we cannot control the assholes down here how in the hell are we going to deal with the people up there?

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