Climate Change, Aliens and Starting Points

Several big creationist organizations claim that our starting points determine what we think about such things as aliens and climate change. This article on cteationist reactions to a study that cites climate change as an answer to the Fermi Paradox shows why there’s still room for disagreement on these issues.

In a post called, “Climate Change Killed the Aliens!“, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis makes the following comments:

“It seems extraterrestrial aliens make the news quite frequently (despite the fact that they don’t exist!). Every few weeks there’s a new study about why we supposedly haven’t found them, when we will find them, or why they’re no longer around. And a new study, based on the former inhabitants of Easter Island off the coast of Chile, claims the aliens we’re spending billions searching for won’t be found because climate change already killed them.”

The first thing I have to point out is that the question of the existence of extraterrestrial life is still open. We don’t know whether they exist at all and our technology currently limits our search to intelligent civilizations sending out signals we can detect into space at a distance we can detect them…

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