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Churchill's views on alien life revealed


Posted on Thursday, 16 February, 2017 | Comment icon 17 comments

Churchill was well known for his interest in science. Image Credit: G Harington
Britain's wartime Prime Minister wrote many articles long before ever stepping foot in Downing Street.
Churchill was certainly no stranger to science, as demonstrated by the fact that he funded many scientific endeavours during his time as Prime Minister and was the first ever to employ a science adviser. He also regularly met up with prominent scientists of the time such as Sir Bernard Lovell.

Now a new document has been discovered at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, which shows that Churchill had a keen interest in the possibilities of extraterrestrial life as well.

The 11-page draft, which was most likely intended for later publication, was written in 1939 - the same year that the Second World War broke out.

Intriguingly, Churchill's thinking on the subject was very similar to that of today's scientists. He recognized that water was essential for life to exist on other worlds and speculated that other planets are likely to be found in orbit around distant stars.

He even displayed an understanding of the 'Goldilocks Zone' - the narrow region around a star in which the temperature would be "just right" for liquid water to exist on a planet's surface.

On the likelihood of intelligent extraterrestrial life, he suggested that human life on Earth should not be unique given the vastness of the universe.

He also maintained that it may one day be possible to visit other nearby worlds.

"One day, possibly even in the not very distant future, it may be possible to travel to the Moon, or even to Venus and Mars," he wrote.

"I for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilisation here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures, or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time."

Source: BBC News | Comments (17)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by White Unicorn on 17 February, 2017, 12:43
That's politics as usual.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado on 17 February, 2017, 14:36
That's the British electorate. Vote Conservative when skint and there's killing to be done then vote Labour when it looks like we're safe. Then vote Conservative again because Labour have made a pig's ear of the finances, as they always will. (2+2 = Whatever the Committee decide)
Comment icon #10 Posted by seanjo on 17 February, 2017, 14:53
And then re-elected after a Labour-run government term...just saying...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 17 February, 2017, 14:57
He still got dumped. lol He was really ill during that second term.. Was a damned shame.
Comment icon #12 Posted by seanjo on 17 February, 2017, 15:00
Dumped by a war-weary populous that wanted a different face.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado on 17 February, 2017, 15:02
That's the British electorate for you.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mark56 on 19 February, 2017, 4:10
You can say what you want about Churchill, but he had thoseNazistotally zeroed long beforemany others didn't..Heunderstoodexactlywhere they werecomingfrom. The man had had "Cojones" made of brass.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Silent Trinity on 25 February, 2017, 16:41
Nice to know one of our greatest ever leaders was not only a natural leader, inspiring a nation throughout the second world war, but he also had an open mind and embraced broad philosophical questions too.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Black Monk on 7 March, 2017, 13:09
Comment icon #17 Posted by Codenwarra on 12 March, 2017, 7:03
Churchill was close to broke for much of his life and made money by writing books and articles for newspapers and magazines, beginning with a book on the war on the north west frontier of what is now Pakistan, against Afghan incursions. His next book was about the war in the Sudan. He also covered the Boer War as a journalist.


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