When science is no more strange than fiction
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THIS IS ENTERTAINING…..
MY speculative piece about alien abductions prompted Richard Huddleston to send me a YouTube link to the grassrock band Hayseed Dixie.
Unlikely connection? Not really.
This American band, that has, says Richard, played the Picturedrome at Holmfirth on occasion, plays a fusion of bluegrass and hard rock.
Their first album was A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC – hence their name. Hayseed Dixie. Get it? And being hard moonshine drinkers from the Appalachian Mountains, they have been fascinated by reports of people who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
Why is it, they ask, that abductees always claim that once aboard a flying saucers they were “probed”.
The probe was invariably administered in an intimate area and without benefit of marigold gloves.
You would have thought, says vocalist Barley Scotch, that aliens who have the advanced technology to build a space ship and travel light years to get here, would use some slightly more sophisticated method of examination than sticking a probe up your bum.
After all, Dr McCoy in Star Trek had a tricorder that, after being gently wafted over a patient, would provide all diagnostic details on nearby screens.
And before you say, ah but that’s science fiction, researchers at Leicester University only a few months ago turned the concept into reality by developing a non-invasive diagnostic suite at the cost of £1 million that does exactly what McCoy did.
I may be a natural sceptic, but I do believe that other forms of life are out there in a universe that is too vast to measure.
To think otherwise would be extremely arrogant. But I do not believe in alien abduction. For a start, if visitors from outer space wanted to meet Earth people, you would think they would choose scientists or world leaders to beam up into their space ship, rather than nonentities.
Of course, if they had beamed up George W Bush they might have got a shock.
“This is the leader of the Western world? Good gods of Ganymede, let’s get out of here. Earthlings must be mad.”
George, on the other hand, probably thought he’d been to Disneyland.