For quite awhile now, I have given Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd the benefit of the doubt as a "nice guy", even despite his clearly vacuous use of language when it comes to science AND the fact that one should realize a lawyers allegiance is not to the truth, but to their cause. But now that I have read Alfie's latest tome entitled "Exopolitics: A New Way to Understand Extraterrestrials" I have decided it is time to turn a critial eye to this man and his thinly veiled, and decidedly empty propaganda and mischaracterization of science! I hope David Griffin is reading, and I hope he enjoys reading my rebuttal as much as I have enjoyed preparing it. Fasten your seatbelts folks, this is going to be one wild ride! His "report" begins:
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:The scientific canon of 20th century science held that all intelligent life ends at Earth's geostationary orbit.
How appropriate that Alfie starts out his article with a statement that is patently false and totally and blatantly mischaracterizes what science and the scientific method is all about! One must remember that a lawyer's opening arguments do not have to directly be supported by the facts. Clearly any idiot knows that science is NOT about "stating what is NOT true". Rather, science is about stating theories of what is LIKELY true based on a preponderance of evidence and analysis. I challenge Alfie to show me precisely where the "priests of science" stated the "commandment" that all people must believe that intelligent life ends at Earth's geostationary orbit! He will fail, for no scientist speaks this way. Do we have evidence for intelligent life elsewhere? Not that we know of, but this does not mean it does not exist. We have gotten off to quite a great start, haven't we? It gets better...
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:The penalty for any professional not toeing this scientific line was probable loss of professional status and potential harassment by government authorities.
Again the lawyer bends the truth and appeals to your emotional mind to "join his revolution". He is wrong. Such penalties are levied for making outrageous claims that such life actually exists without providing evidence AND analysis that can be examined and critique by a group of his peers. Quite the opposite from the pablum he wishes to feed you with this statement!
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:However, one bright spot marks the beginning of change in official terrestrial attitudes toward other species of intelligent life. In 1978, the UN General Assembly approved a revolutionary decision, inviting "interested member states to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life."
In 2007, countries are now making public formerly secret information about their records of extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth. The big question is: Why now?
Yawn. Maybe to give you something to propagandize about?
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:According to a 2002 Roper poll, most Americans appear comfortable with and even excited about the thought of the discovery of extraterrestrial life:
67% believe in the existence of intelligent life in the universe.
48% believe that intelligent off-planet cultures are now visiting Earth.
72% believe the U.S. government is not telling all it knows about extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth.
14% say they have had a close encounter.
And most Americans could be claimed to be excited about the antics of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. That does not mean such things have an eminently large impact on our future. For all his disparaging remarks about science at the beginning of his article, does he think that "good science" is performed by polling people to see what they believe??? Honestly, the logic here is vacuous.
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:For details on the poll, which was prepared for the Sci Fi Channel, visit www.scifi.com/ufo/roper .
SciFi Channel. Need I say more?
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:On March 22, the French Space Agency announced it was making public its secret files on possible extraterrestrial sightings. The New Scientist reported that among the 1,600 cases registered since 1954, nearly 25 percent are classified as "type D," meaning that despite good or very good data and credible witnesses, experts have been confronted with something they can't explain.
And the French, who surrendured to the Germans (twice!) are held-up as a shining example to be emulated??? This is a comedic piece, right?
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:On May 2, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense announced it was releasing up to 7,200 secret extraterrestrial sightings files going back to 1967, collected by DI55, a secret unit within the ministry. Other countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile also have released classified extraterrestrial reports.
Well, I have to admit that releasing data is good. But I have yet to see any reports of earth-shattering finds in any of these... anyone else hear of anything?
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:Since 2000, former government officials also have given public evidence to the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations on Earth. In 2001, more than 100 high-level governmental, political and military-intelligence witnesses gave testimonies to the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations during a Disclosure Project press conference in Washington, DC.
Which went over with a collective yawn. Certainly Dr. Steven Greer is not a publicity-seeking wonk, is he???? Please tell me it ain't so!
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:In 2005, Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, declared that "UFOs are as real as the planes over your head." Hellyer also states he would like "to see what (extraterrestrial) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation ... that could be a way to save our planet."
A career politician or political appointee just doesn't seem (to me) to carry the weight of someone who rigorously applies the scientific method. But oh yes, Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd doesn't like science and the scientific method! That's right!
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:After the tenth anniversary of the Phoenix Lights, former Arizona governor Fyfe Symington admitted on national television that he had witnessed a two-mile wide extraterrestrial spacecraft, sighted by over 10,000 witnesses as it glided silently over Phoenix in 1997.
And the implication (once again) is that because he is a public/political figure that he should be believed more than any other "eye witness"? When in reality, we know that politicians are more predisposed to lying than the average person.
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:Exopolitics: A New Vision of the Universe
Intelligent life exists beyond Earth's orbit. We are part of a populated cosmos and our neighbors are reaching out to us at this time.
I'm a lawyer... I know these things are true! Don't bother asking for evidence!
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:Exopolitics is the new political science of outer space, and is [b]the science]/b] of relations between our human civilization and advanced civilizations in the universe.
NOW he invokes science! For HIS cause! But what is interesting is that he does not (and can not) cite how HIS form of science will be different than the accepted scientific method, which he has already called into question above! This is positively childlike!
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:The Exopolitics model holds that we live in a highly populated universe, filled with intelligent, evolving civilizations operating under universal law, with governance systems and mediated by universe politics. We on Earth are just becoming aware that we live in a populated universe.
Again, this is just our "we wish it is this way" model. Don't ask for any substantive evidence... cuz we can't give it. But we will throw plenty of empty catch phrases at you that we have no idea what they mean from a technical standpoint! (Remember the "positive feedback" faux pas?)
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:According to Thomas Kuhn, author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, scientific revolutions happen through paradigm shifts, in sea-changes about the way humanity chooses to see its reality. No amount of scientific data will change any individual's mind about life beyond Earth, and how it's filled with diverse advanced civilizations seeking to engage us now. Each person has to want to change his or her own mind, on the basis of available data and context.
I see...so the "new scientific revolution" is really just all about what YOU, the individual decide? No need to compare notes to others who might have different data? Just find your own personal "messiah" and follow him if what he says sounds good? Sounds a bit like what Charles Manson was selling to members of his "family".
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd wrote:The Exopolitics scientific revolution is interactive and participatory. The more we interact and consciously participate with advanced, ethical extraterrestrial societies that are reaching out to us at this time, the faster our reality paradigm may shift.
Nice buzzwords. And "we" have decided they are "ethical", have "we"? Isn't that exactly what the Aztecs did with Cortez???? Didn't seem to work out too well for them, now did it? But thanks for telling us what it's all about Alfie. My respect for you has now reached a new low!