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ALIENS have awarded the Brainchild Web site their highest honor, the "Cursor with Star Dust"!  

We are proud of the wonderful new technology that the Aliens from Beta Vulgaris have given us, and will work hard to prove ourselves worthy.

Say, do you believe in Aliens? Or maybe they don't exist but can't be proven not to exist and people like to think they exist for weird reasons of their own? What should a scientist believe? Anything? How would you test the existence of such things? If you can't test something, should you believe it doesn't exist? Is there some middle way?

How about the Sasquatch, the Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster? Are these scientific somehow? How about theories like Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision, or Lysenko's agricultural ideas (Lysenko was Stalin's favorite botanist so how could he be wrong?)? What about cold fusion? How do you tell what is right? Scientists struggle with questions like these all the time.

If it isn't material and can't be measured, is it real? How about dignity, honor, respect, perseverance, and kindness? Maybe these are ideas that, when acted on, make science better? How might that be the case?

Often, when you ask life for Strength, life gives you Adversity (and you gain strength in dealing with adversity), or you ask for Intelligence and life presents you with Puzzles (and you get brain power by struggling to solve them). So maybe acting on what you believe is right and wrong (your ethics) and testing this against the real world earns you character that makes your science better. Honor, respect and dignity might only exist for those people who can recognize them because they have struggled to earn them.

What about the Star Dust? What does that prove? Where is Beta Vulgaris? Is it a star? (You might search for it on the Web.) Try viewing the source code of this page by clicking on the appropriate viewing button in your browser. Is there buried in the source code another explanation for the Star Dust?