the search for extraterrestrials

Triplett, William. “The Search for Extraterrestrials.” CQ Researcher 5 Mar.
2004: 199-219. CQ Researcher. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.

William Triplett became a staff member for CQ Research after covering science and the arts for such publications as SmithsonianAir & SpaceNatureWashingtonian and The Washington Post. He also served as associate editor of Capitol Style magazine.He holds a B.A. in journalism from Ohio University and an M.A. in English literature from Georgetown University.There was not much I could find on William Triplett at all, since he is not listed under staff members for CQ Researcher anymore. In addition, most searches gave me results for William C. Triplett II, who is evidently not the same William Triplett who penned this article.

On The Background

This was broken into several sections, including “The Issues”, “Background”, “Current Situation”, “Outlook”, and several sidebars and graphics. Many of these were further broken down into subsections. For my topic, I focused mostly on the background and early theories of extraterrestrial beings, as well as how the media has influenced the general public’s image of aliens. Greek philosophers Leucippus, Democritus, and Epicurus articulated the first scientific cosmology, atomism, in the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. Atomism held that an ordered system of life existed beyond the observable world, the basic premise being that the observable world is composed of an infinite number of atoms, and therefore there must be an infinite number of worlds elsewhere: “a plurality of worlds”. However, Aristotle argued that Earth was the center of a cosmology that precluded the existence of any other world, and that all other objects, the Sun, moon, and stars, that orbited the Earth were not the same as Earth because they were not composed of the four elements that constitute all life on Earth: fire, water, air, and earth. Lucretius tried to popularize the doctrine of the plurality of worlds through Europe, but Aristotelian physics and its model of the universe was widely accepted by early Western thinking, which was further backed up by Christianity. The first person to challenge Aristotle’s theory was Nicolas Copernicus, who believed that the Sun, not Earth, was the center of everything else. Immanuel Kant was the first to observe that the Milky Way, as we see it, is an optical illusion because of our position within it. Trying to reconcile Christianity and hard science was short lived as the West began to industrialize.

How Pop Culture Shapes Alien Images 

People are influenced heavily by media portrayal of extraterrestrials. Even though there is very little likelihood that any extraterrestrial beings, if they exist, will physically resemble humans, we still usually imagine aliens with human characteristics: two eyes, a nose, a mouth, ears, a torso, legs and arms. Baker believes that people are too heavily dependent on movies and as a result, they don’t really understand evolution. Polls show that people are actually more willing to believe movies rather than scientific tenets in determining UFOs. Baker blames popular media for perpetuating abduction by aliens likened to hypnosis.

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