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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Debate of the Week 5: Area 51

It’s Halloween, and that means it’s time for a non-political, fun debate topic; Area 51, secret base full of aliens or not?

Here’s what I think:

No. Not a chance. To think that aliens from another galaxy, or even another star system could ever make it all the way here to Earth is laughable to me. Since the laws of physics make it impossible to break light speed, and the nearest star is some 65 years or more away at light speed it just isn’t feasible to go around exploring other star systems. Not to mention that the faster you go the slower time moves for you, so while a round trip from Earth to Alpha Centauri would take 130 years at light speed, the rest of the universe would have had over a million years pass. That’s plenty of time for mission control to forget about you, your nation to fall, and your entire species to go extinct. Nope, not gonna happen.

Area 51 is a super-secret military aerospace research facility. A few things that have come from it are: the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-1 Stealth Fighter, and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Tell me, can you see how the Blackbird, the fastest, highest flying jet of its day could have been mistaken for one of those cigar-shaped UFO’s back when it was being developed in the sixties or seventies? Especially at night when EVERYONE seems to see UFO’s. How about the B-2 Bomber? Could that be mistaken for a flying saucer? What about the original Flying Wing way back in the forties and fifties?

Aliens visiting the Earth, heh, the things some people believe in.

What do you think?

9 Comments:

  • It could happen. You never know, I doubt it but it (theoretically) could happen.

    Should the people be told? No. We're better for not knowing.

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 9:34 PM  

  • you also forget the possibility of FTL ( or space folding) tech

    not to mention the new popular theory that the aliens are from the future here

    By Blogger L.Austin Bernard, at 4:20 AM  

  • As the former holder of a TS-Crypto clearance all I can tell you is:

    There's a lot of real scary government stuff out there we'll never know about for sure.

    [picks up microphone] Calling Mother Ship Elvira, come in Elvira, Message from Earth ... send tinfoil hats and Koolaid now .. Out!

    By Blogger meesterjoneser, at 5:31 AM  

  • I haven't overlooked FTL and space folding technology. I just disreagarded it because the known laws of physics don't allow for these technologies.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 8:35 AM  

  • Area 51 is not only a secret reserach facility where alien life forms and technology is studied, but they also study vampires, werewolves, zombies, and the creepy animatronic statues from the Magic Kingdom's Small World ride as well.

    By Blogger Son of Lilith, at 8:41 AM  

  • nuh-uhh, damiel! i think the government encourages the strangeness of area 51, so they have a reason to keep people away from secret military stuff, don't you?
    BoUnCeS!! LibbY!

    By Blogger Libby, at 9:08 AM  

  • Of course the government wants to keep people away from secret military stuff. It wouldn't be very secret if they didn't.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 9:12 AM  

  • Any E.T.'s smart enough to figure out how to get to Earth would also be smart enough to leave humans alone. We're dangerous and unpredictable!

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 9:24 AM  

  • I have no idea one way or the other. But my stepdad knows a guy who is a mold expert who was sent to Area 51 to do some work. The guy was sitting in a waiting room with another fellow. The two men in the waiting room were told not to speak at all. Finally, my stepdad's friend was taken out of the room. In a classic case of government idiocy, the two guys were mixed up i.e. my stepfather's friend was taken on to see some apparently pretty top secret stuff. He didn't tell my stepdad what he saw, but he did say that what he saw challenged his beliefs about whether or not there is a God.

    Of course, that could mean a number of different things. But I thought I'd throw it in.

    By Blogger Wasp Jerky, at 7:21 PM  

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