On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:32:30 PM UTC-5, Lawrence Crowell wrote:
>
> On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:03:33 PM UTC-6, John Clark wrote:
>>
>>
>> On  <agrays...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>>>  
>>>>>> ​>
>>>>>> ​>>​
>>>>>> * ​*
>>>>>> *"A Statistical Analysis of the Martian Wave of Darkening and Related 
>>>>>> Phenomena",  Planetary and Space** Science , 15, (1967) 817-24. *
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> ​>> ​
>>>>> ​*So you must be either ​*
>>>>> *James B.Pollack​ ​or Edward H.Greenberg​. But... I thought your name 
>>>>> was Alan Grayson​.​*
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> *​> ​You thought.​ ​Is that what you do?*
>>>>
>>>
>> Yep,
>> ​ ​
>> thinking is what I do.
>>
>> * ​> ​Let me help. Pollack died in 1994 of cancer of the spin.*
>>>
>>
>> ​
>> So one of two things must be true:
>>
>> 1)
>> ​ ​
>> You are
>> ​ ​
>> Edward H.Greenberg
>> ​ ​
>> and for some inscrutable changed your name to
>> ​ ​
>> Alan Grayson.
>> 2) You are as phony as a three dollar bill and never wrote a paper with 
>> Carl Sagan
>> ​, much less 2​
>> .
>>
>>  
>>> ​> ​
>>> I worked with him 
>>> ​[Sagan] ​
>>> directly for 18 months. He didn't regard me as a crackpot.
>>
>>
>> I can say with great confidence that if Sagan knew you at all (a big if) 
>> and if you took the
>> ​ ​
>> Roswell
>> ​ ​
>> idiocy as seriously then as you do now then he did regard you as a 
>> crackpot, although Sagan was always very polite and had more
>> ​ ​
>> patience with fools than I do.
>>
>> ​  John K Clark​
>>
>>
>
> I saw Sagan at a conference, where he was a celebrity and I was just a 
> grad student grunt. He was a lot older than I was, and anyone claiming to 
> have worked with him is proclaiming their senior citizen status.
>
> I looked up in Wikipedia on Sagan to look at papers he published. I ran 
> into this little quote
>
> Sagan's Paradox
>
>
> Sagan's contribution to the 1969 symposium was an attack on the belief 
> that UFOs are piloted by extraterrestrial beings: Applying several logical 
> assumptions (see Drake equation 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation>), Sagan calculated the 
> possible number of advanced civilizations capable of interstellar travel to 
> be about one million. He projected that any civilization wishing to check 
> on all the others on a regular basis of, say, once a year would have to 
> launch 10,000 spacecraft annually. Not only does that seem like an 
> unreasonable number of launchings, but it would take all the material in 
> one percent of the universe's stars to produce all the spaceships needed 
> for all the civilizations to seek each other out.
>
>
> To argue that the earth was being chosen for regular visitations, Sagan 
> said, one would have to assume that the planet is somehow unique. And that 
> assumption "goes exactly against the idea that there are lots of 
> civilizations around. Because if there are then our sort of civilization 
> must be pretty common. And if we're not pretty common then there aren't 
> going to be many civilizations advanced enough to send visitors."
>
> which is sort of interesting. Chock up another of these "paradoxes" that 
> point to the rarity or paucity of ETs out there.
>
> LC
>

*One obvious hole in this argument is that an ET civilization could be 
fairly close, say within a few light years, or possibly much closer 
evolving on a planet near some undiscovered brown dwarf, and/or they could 
live immensely longer than humans, thus finding interstellar travel 
tolerable even if light speed is a limiting factor.  What you haven't done 
is to independently assess the credibility of the witnesses in the video. 
AG*

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