The recent news that U.S. military has confirmed encounters with UFOs prompted us to search our archives for articles on the subject of visitors from space.
In June of 1971, the newly revitalized Saturday Evening Post featured an essay by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who looked at the current state of finding life on other planets. He pointed out that with all of the scientists, amateur astronomers, and military surveillance systems, it was unlikely that space invaders would go undiscovered.
That led him – and other scientists, no doubt, to the inevitable next question:
At the very moment when we are starting to understand the many strange apparitions in the skies, and no longer rush to explain them as visitors from space, scientists are asking in tones of increasing perplexity, “Well — why aren’t there any visitors from space? Where is everybody?”
Clarke urged patience:
The truth is that we simply don’t know, but we may be able to make some intelligent guesses when our first deep-space probes start reporting back. Let us wait patiently until then, rather than get involved in any more of the half- and wholly-baked speculations which, for the last fifteen years, have hindered the serious scientific approach to the most important question that man can ask of the Universe.
Fifty years later, we’re still waiting…
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