More about that radiation field - if you go on the theory that it only stops organics from passing through it, it can't be very strong. She doesn't argue that the mars exploration was hoaxed, just that they had to send machines because no living creatures could get through that field. That's not radiation in the 'normal' sense. Radiation in space - you think of solar flares, things that screw with your equipment even on earth. I don't know of any radation sources in space that would be fine for mechanical things, but deadly to humans. It's too particular - like it was designed solely to keep us planetbound, not minding if we send out our toys to look around as long as we don't try to escape ourselves.
Part of the whole "there's a radiation field that keeps us planet bound" is the idea that we were put here meant to stay here. Think of it as an antfarm. You can't study and poke at the critters if they can crawl out of the cage any time they want. My mom likes that analogy. Turns out she's a real wacko after all. ;p
Do you believe in aliens? I do.
I don't believe people have been abducted and then returned, and I don't believe a "superior race" would be terribly interested in us. But I really doubt this is the only planet in existence with life on it. And I do believe humans have left the planet and returned via space shuttles (field or no field). If we can do it, other things could.
My mom believes aliens really did land in Roswell. Yeah. I asked her why, when that's such a red herring, and she said it's because her uncle saw one. But there weren't any living survivors, just a wreckage and bodies. It's funny how she scoffs at those people who believe there might have been living aliens kept in secret, but she's convinced the landing itself was as real as anything.
Otohiko wrote:Conspiracy theorists often use a little trick which a lot of people fall for:
"If they say we're wrong, why don't they say something that would disprove our theory? We have disproved theirs!"
I like debunking theories like that. I think it's necessary. Because it's not the people making up the theories you have to worry about, it's the idiot masses who swallow anything they're given. They hear the "we have disproved theirs" and believe it on face value. And they're the ones who vote which people to put into power in the US. Scary. That's how we got another Bush for president. Kids are being taught that humans played with dinosaurs in their biology classes now, because Creationism was deemed a science in some states. All because no real scientists ever took them seriously. The courts never took them seriously in the past, but they are now, so scientists should be, too. In most cases it doesn't take much time to point out the massive amount of evidence that has been ignored (not disproven). Your average person never even hears about that evidence because the fanatics are the only ones talking.
Again, scary. But that's what makes it fun. ^^
So, Vietnam was for heroine, eh? Hear a new one every day. I can't wait to get my grandpa's reaction to that - he risked his life for dope money.