Oh, dear!

Announcing that over a hundred Earth sized planets have been found in the last week alone, the Mail boldly claims that:

‘The breakthrough raises the tantalising prospect that we may not be alone in the Universe.’

Immediately under that sentence the paper tells us that scientists now believe that there are over 100 million planets in the Milky Way, i.e. in our own galaxy. Given what we now know about the Universe, how can anybody believe that we are ‘alone’? Yet newspapers frequently, when announcing some new discovery, resort to the kind of nonsensical sentence shown above.

Author: tomkilcourse

A sceptical Mancunian who dislikes pomposity and rudeness.

26 thoughts on “Oh, dear!”

  1. Tom – If you could lie flat on your back and look up into a cloudless, moonless, light pollution-free nighttime sky as I can and observe the beauty of the Umiverse, then you would know we cannot be alone.

    OZ

  2. Oooh OZ, you’ve given me goosebumps, I’ll have to turn over now πŸ™‚

    Tom, this makes the Alan Watts video clip that Zen put on, even more funny.

  3. Thanks, zen, I had missed that one. Oz, thankfully, I can do just that, where I live. We are not plagued by light polution in my valley. When I do sit on my terrace and look at the sky after dark, it is a magical, spiritual experience. I cannot understand how anyone continues to believe we are alone.

  4. No, we are not alone, Tom and I don’t need the Daily Mail to confirm this may just be a possibility!

    In fact, I think regular readers of this particular newspaper must inevitably gain a very strange view of the planet and life generally.

  5. Tom – We were within a gnat’s crochet of buying a place in Cyprus when the Portuguese ruin became available and that was that.

    Now I can look up past the half-moon tiles of The Cave’s roof and contemplate the stars beyond. Very humbling. For example, I had never seen the Milky Way in all its magnificence until I came here, but now it’s there every summer evening.

    OZ

  6. Tom we are alone, always have been always will be.

    The sheer size and dynamics of space will confound the Mail’s reporters for infinity. We’re alone, the sooner people realise the better, or too far away from any other life form to be worth considering.

    But, as they say life goes on πŸ™‚

  7. Soutie – Beg to disagree. In an infinite universe there just has to be other life forms.

    OZ

  8. O Zangado :

    Soutie – Beg to disagree. In an infinite universe there just has to be other life forms.

    OZ

    Indeed, Oz. They may not communicate, but they are, in all probability out there somewhere!

  9. And in an infinite Universe there must be at be at least one life form that does a crackin’ doner kebab. πŸ™‚

    OZ

  10. They walk amongst us; one only has to look at MyT to discover alien life forms. πŸ˜‰

  11. O Zangado :

    Tom – If you could lie flat on your back and look up into a cloudless, moonless, light pollution-free nighttime sky as I can and observe the beauty of the Umiverse, then you would know we cannot be alone.

    OZ

    I know just what you mean, OZ.

  12. I can see it all now. Aliens land and the Americans shoot them and drag the idiotic Brits along as well.

    Of course there is life out there, and intelligent life, that is why it stays away, it looks odwn and thinks “no bloody way” and runs off quick

  13. Whether we are or are not alone is an irrelevancy,
    Any extraterrestrial creature of even the meanest modicum of intelligence would have quarantined this planet a long time ago!
    Have you ever thought it may already be the insane asylum of the universe?

  14. The first thing the media will ask any alien who lands on Earth wil be, ‘What do you think of civilization on Earth’? And his reply will be, ‘I think it would be a very good idea.’

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