Some people just like to harness outrage for the sake of attention.
Whenever the subject of the possibility of life on other planets comes up, usually right around the time that funding for various projects is due, we get a round of silly statements like "suggesting that life as we know it may only exist on this planet is arrogant" and things of that sort. It may be true or false, but it certainly isn't arrogant.Apparently there was already a CNN headline: "Is math racist?"
Two answers might be that it is a very big place to search, and we don't really know what we are looking for.. . . The thing that puzzles me is that we have never found any convincing evidence of life on other stars by detecting electro-magnetic radiation with signs of intelligent use. We spew out loads of the stuff, but we don't see any coming back. The universe has so many stars in it that I can't imagine we are unique, but why is there no evidence? Strange.
One key sign of intelligent life would probably be that they did not create online forums where just anyone could post whatever thoughts happened to pop into their heads (assuming that they have heads).Yeah. I think we have a tendency to think that other "intelligent" life would generate patterns of electro-magnetic radiation that we would recognise as the result of the activity of a life form. Quite likely any such life might be so different from us that we wouldn't recognise the radiation as providing any such evidence.
That might actually be tricky since so little outside of a few piano scores seem to exist. (But there are Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, with several large works for orchestra.)Nah, it's just a call for diversity, not a flip to non-European music. No one is seriously suggesting replacing Beethoven with Francis Johnson, just a call to include him.