A new book published by NASA, entitled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication, promotes the history of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) effort, but it also strays into very questionable territory in its presumptions regarding alien life and its historical influence on human history. This has caused some to cringe at a time when NASA is smarting from being put at risk of being stripped of substantial involvement with the International Space Station (ISS) due to political turmoil. Dave Blount, of the Moonbattery blog observes:
There is nothing that moonbattery can’t reduce to uselessness. NASA under the leadership of Obama appointee Charles Bolden is a case in point. The same agency that was the first to put men on the moon has been reduced to Islamic outreach and producing cartoonish socialist propaganda. Lest anyone wonder what it even has to do with outer space anymore, the increasingly farcical taxpayer-funded agency has released a new book entitled Archeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. The book is of more use than the Islamic outreach program — at least it produces some hearty laughs.
The Daily Mail review of the book also points out that “the most interesting chapters” spend some time discussing the possibility of terrestrial petroglyphs, like the ones pictured below in Niger, being of alien origin. In my view, those theories were some of the more “rock solid” ideas (heh) presented in the book, but even those are difficult to take seriously. Other speculation about the biology and evolution of space aliens give me flashbacks of the UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. Is this how far we’ve come, Charlie? Is this the penultimate fulfillment of the promise of 1969’s triumphs? Only Bolden’s boss knows for sure.