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Have extra-terrestrials visited earth?Were they the cause of religion? (Just too add...

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spattrin040 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM via web

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Have extra-terrestrials visited earth?

Were they the cause of religion? (Just too add ideas, not a REAL question!)

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM (Answer #2)

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A very interesting question and I would like to answer it from the believers point of view.

Earth was inhabited by life forms other then humans before Adam and Eve descended on earth. These life forms did not follow any religion and still do not follow any - but they follow their instinct. The pair of Adam and Eve was extra-terrestrial who could speak and knew God.

The concept of religion came with the arrival of Humans on the earth. With the passage of time their population increased, they spread over the earth and were cut off from each other. They were exposed to different environment and situations and hence different religions.

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:05 AM (Answer #3)

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I don't know if extra-terrestrials have ever visited Earth or not, but I do have a few views on the subject that I think are interesting to think about.  For example, consider the scope of the universe.  Few of us have the mental capability to realize just how big our universe actually is.  I have a model of just our solar system, the sun, the Earth, and the other planets, called the "1000 Yard Solar System".  When you set this model up, our solar system stretches over 1000 yards.  The sun is the size of a soccer ball, Mercury is the size of a pinhead, Venus and Earth are peppercorn sized, and the distance from the Earth to our moon is 2.25 inches.  2.25 inches!!!  That represents how far man has been off the planet.  Can you imagine trying to go to one of the planets like Uranus or Neptune with our current space technology?  It would take decades just to make the trip!

So if I were God, and I had this really big room to set up all these planets, galaxies, and solar systems in, that were separated by this huge expanse of space, why would I stop with just one planet with one type of species called humans?  Maybe their are other species with advanced scientific advances that dwarf ours, and they are much too sophisticated for us to detect them, much less go visit them.  It certainly provides food for thought.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM (Answer #4)

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If they have, we don't have any evidence of it.  It seems really unlikely that aliens could have visited Earth without there being any evidence of it.  I know that von Daniken and people like that claim that there is evidence, but it seems really unlikely that things like the Nazca Lines are really alien landing fields or navigation devices or anything like that.

I agree that it's likely that there is life somewhere other than Earth, but I don't think there's any evidence that they've been here.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 24, 2012 at 3:09 AM (Answer #5)

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I would be stunned if I discovered that there was not life somewhere else in the universe, especially given the increasingly rapid discovery of other planets and solar systems over the last decade or so. However, there is no evidence that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth. If they had, their civilization would have needed quite a head start to develop the kind of technology that would allow them to do so. It makes for interesting speculation, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that, but that's all it is. 

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM (Answer #6)

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A very interesting question and I would like to answer it from the believers point of view.

Earth was inhabited by life forms other then humans before Adam and Eve descended on earth. These life forms did not follow any religion and still do not follow any - but they follow their instinct. The pair of Adam and Eve was extra-terrestrial who could speak and knew God.

The concept of religion came with the arrival of Humans on the earth. With the passage of time their population increased, they spread over the earth and were cut off from each other. They were exposed to different environment and situations and hence different religions.

Dear Najm,

With respect, this question was asked in the 'Science' department of Enotes and you have told a child that the human race began with aliens called Adam and Eve who talked to God. Either cite the published, scientific papers which supports these claims or refrain from misleading children who have asked for a scientific explanation. 

I am serious about this. Please keep your religious opinion OUT of the science section. Your answer is 100% unscientific and therefore 100% wrong in this context. The scientific view is that the human race evolved over time in situ on Earth. This is the answer which the science department should present to 9th graders. If you wish to answer from a 'believers point of view', then please refrain from doing so in the science section. I apologise for my tone, but I am very reluctant to allow this online science department to become a Bible College (or a Madrassa).

Please respect and maintain the appropriate boundaries. Until you can demonstrate God in a repeatable, practical experiment, please do not bring him into the science lab. Thank you.

Frizzy.

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM (Answer #7)

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There are a lot of people who really beleive that the gods of our ancestors were aliens. They point out that many ancient civilizations seem to have built similar structures, such as pyramids. They suggest that aliens must have visited and wanted pyramids for some reason. I don't think we will ever really know, unless the aliens come again.
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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM (Answer #8)

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In response to #7 - the people who believe that similarities in ancient construction indicate extraterrestrial visitation need to take some classes in anthropology. Humans have moved across the globe in several waves of migration, and they took their ideas and culture with them. There is no reason to think that the fact that pyramids (which are very different in both structure and purpose, by the way) exist in both Central America and Egypt is proof of anything other than that those societies that had enough disposable income to build impressive edifices.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM (Answer #9)

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In reply to 6:

Dear Frizzy,

Your post surprises me for the same reason you gave to me to:

... keep your religious opinion OUT of the science section.

However, you accept in post 91 "Proof of God's Existence"

The original Crusaders were a smelly bunch of murderous, ignorant, barbarian hooligans who smashed up an advanced civilisation...

Of course you were referring to Islamic Civilisation and as mentioned in my post 40 "Proof of God's Existence".

The scientific knowledge acquired by Muslims in that period provided the foundation for modern science.

And all that happened because Muslims were inspired by their religion for the scientific research. Moreover, science is still in search of the whole truth and we still do not know the missing link between the Apes and the Humans (homo-sapeins-sapiens) to which religion provides cues in the event I have mentioned in post 2. So I find it to be inspiring for the scientists to look in to this aspect, knowing that the proof of extra-terrestrial life has been found in a meteors.

Further, though the post is in Science Section, It calls for the religion interface by the explanation given in post 1 by the discussion creator:

Were they the cause of religion?

And this aspect has been ignored by you. If religion is so irrelevant than  is this topic appropriate?

Najm

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM (Answer #10)

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It seems pretty small-minded to believe that humans are the only intelligent beings in our universe, and it would not surprise me to find that other forms have visited Earth in the past. Officially, no government has ever acknowledged the possibility, and since most governments routinely lie to the populace, we may never know the truth about extraterrestial contact.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 27, 2012 at 7:06 AM (Answer #11)

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It seems that with the constant discovery of planets in other solar systems and some with the potential to be "Earth-like", why couldn't life have evolved elsewhere in the universe? However, any life that may exist doesn't have to follow the same rules or be a carbon based life form. Therefore, we might not even know what to look for. I think mathematically that it makes sense based on the sheer number of stars and planets that revolve around them, that there must be life elsewhere although at this point, we have no definite proof.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM (Answer #12)

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The whole discussion is more or less moving around the discussion topic "Have extra-terrestrial visited earth?" in isolation and without any reference to the explanation of the topic in post 1 i.e. "Were they the cause of religion?".

One may say that we have not been able to establish a scientific proof of any such visit so the next question appears to be irrelevant. However all major present day religions like Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam etc are based of the existence of God. Some of these believe in gods & godesses and Trinity  and a contact of the God with the prophets through an extra-terrestial messenger like Gabriel who revealed the Scriptures to the prophets of God. So in the retrospect, the cause of religion seems to be the visit of the extra-terrestrial.

Would scientist ever look in to this aspect? I personally think never. And even if it is explored, there is hardly any possibility to prove it.

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jaiii07 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM (Answer #13)

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Extra-Terrestrials have already left this planet Earth leaving some land/water marks, signs, symbols etc and for the evolution of new race called Humans.

Human believes that nature is made up of 5 elements where the 5th element is still a mystery or unknown and from this element all other elements are made. This fifth element what we call it as sky in Babylonia, as aether in Greece, as spirit in Japan and goes on.

Extra-Terrestrials are living, traveling, seeing, hearing, sensing etc mainly using this 5th element.

Of Course,They have being visting Earth many times for a casual leave and taking rest in a rest house on the dark side of the Moon and then they go for a skipping in the planet Mars etc. "Just for fun"

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donydera | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 2, 2012 at 4:32 AM (Answer #14)

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As a science student NO. But a very interesting topic to think about. We dont have any proof to prove about their visit to earth. News about to have actually seen them may be just rumour. We are not even sure that such creatures exist.  Radio waves are already sent from the earth to other planets. In casethey exist and recieve the waves they wlii surely reply. But one thing is for sure that waves take 32 million light years to reach.

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raghav1996 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #15)

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Obviously not. Their existence is of course a completely different question.

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