UFO? ‘E.T’ or ‘Alien’? Scientists debate nature of extraterrestrials

Full Article at http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/science_tech/ufo-et-or-alien-scientists-debate-nature-of-extraterrestrials

By: BARBARA VANCHERI

At one extreme in alien-invasion movies, there’s the slimy, razor-toothed,  grotesque creature full of powerhouse violence — and a too-eager desire to  feast on human filet. These aliens, never cordial in social settings, are the  worst-nightmare kind of beast that one finds in the “Alien” series or “The  Thing,” among many others.

At the other extreme are kinder, gentler  alien visitors — “E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial,” “Paul” and “Close Encounters of  the Third Kind,” along with those using human form to hide their  extraterrestrial identities as happened in “Starman” and “Cocoon.”

And  as crazy as it sounds, those extremes reflect opposing positions of an actual  scientific debate about extraterrestrial invaders, or at least a well-publicized  intellectual disagreement that occurred this spring between two renowned  scientists, Jill Tarter and Stephen Hawking.

Full Article at http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/science_tech/ufo-et-or-alien-scientists-debate-nature-of-extraterrestrials

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