From: Pim van Meurs <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; 'Sona Thorburn'
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, April 11, 1999 10:35 PM
Subject: RE: extraterrestrial intelligence
Moorad: The following article indicates that scientists believe they can
extraterrestrial intelligence by merely using mechanical devices, viz.
Moorad: I ask you, isn't detector-man more capable of detecting
intelligence than mere machines?
Moorad: If you do not believe in a supernatural component in man, then you
must believe that man is the most complicated machine---much more than a
Why is that a requirement. I fail to see how you reached that conclusion
Moorad: It is so self-evident to me that we detect intelligence in nature
and its workings.
Yes, it's much harder to turn that "self evident fact" into something more
scientific. If your faith is that this is the case then fine otherwise your
belief is worth little without some supporting evidence.
Moorad: That is to say, there is at least a brain orders of magnitude more
powerful than ours that gave rise to the whole thing is. Of course, I
believe that that entity is God who is
actually beyond our comprehension. Speculations about how He did create the
whole thing are nothing but musings of proud minds.
There is no evidence of such a requirement. But perhaps you could enlighten
us where others have failed ?