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Winston Churchill on possible alien civilizations


The original Nature article is here. From Sarah Lewin at LiveScience:

Winston Churchill was known for his leadership during World War II, but a newfound essay on alien life reveals another side of him, one that was deeply curious about the universe.

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

Churchill’s opinions sound cogent, though not a history-making contribution to astrobiology, a discipline that lacks a subject. That said, if the United States is actually into space exploration, it was right to bring back Churchill’s bust to the White House.

Oh, you didn’t know about that?:

The Jacob Epstein sculpture was given to President George W Bush by Tony Blair.

It was displayed in the Oval Office but was removed by President Barack Obama and replaced by a bust of Martin Luther King in 2009.

The former president’s decision to send the bust back to the British embassy in Washington was greeted with outrage on both sides of the Atlantic.

The bust is back now. And Dr. King remains suitably honoured, we are told, despite rumours to the contrary.

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