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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, Nbvcmbor 11, 1972- WAITING FOR LAUNCH Skylab's multiple docking adapter is suspended from a crane af the Martin Morietlo plant in Denver, Colo., while nearly completed. The big holes are docking ports where Apollo Command and Service Modules will nose in for linking. The adapter has electrical connections and six miles of wiring. It is now or Cape Kennedy awaiting Skylab's launch in April. Too Many Dangerous Criminals Are Out On Parole Says Former Judge Maurice Mulligan Last June, Maurice Mulligan resigned as a provincial court judge in British Columbia in order to be free to speak against the growing abuses of the parole system in Canada. In Weekend Magazine" this Saturday, he tells why the protection of society must come first Country Fair Ernest Hillen tells about the people, the exhibits, and all the excitement at the Hants County Exhibition North America's oldest in Windsor. N.S. which started in 1765. Football Hall Of Fame Andy O'Brien, with former CFL star Jackie Parker, previews the brand new football Hall of Fame, due to open next week in Hamilton, Christmas Grunchfes Take it from Margo even if you don't normally eat homemade candies, you'll be reaching lor them if you try soinr. of Ihc'jB Christmas candy recipes: Fruit and Nut Brittle, Nut Crunch Snowrmlls, Caramel Drops, Uncooked Peanut Butter Candy, Filbert Truffles. Great Canadian Inventions Classic Sports Shirts This Saturday in Weekend Magazine in The LetUbvidge Herald Is there civilized life elsewhere? To communicate or not to communicate By nOBEM UEINIIOLD New York Times Service BOSTON A panel of four leading scientists and a theolo- gian have agreed that highly advanced civilizations certainly flourish elsewhere in the uni- verse, hut they clashed sharply over whether it was prudent to try to establish contact with them. The astronomer, physicist and theologian on the panel welcomed Hie prospect or com- municating with other intelli- gent beings. But (he biologist was fearful of what harm su- perior beings might inflict on mankind, while the anthropolo- gist was worried about what our warlike planet would do to them. The question of whether in- telligent life exists beyond the liny planet Earth is nearly as old as man's fertile imagina- tion. The discovery of such ex- traterrestrial life is likely to have awesome implications, not only for science hut also for philosophy and theology and possibly for our very survival. These moral and philosophi- cal issues remain unresolved, of course, but they have taken on new urgency in recent years with the of radio telescopes powerful enough to exchange messages with distant solar systems. "The question is not so much 'ii' as 'where' and mate contact seems virtually said Prof. Richard Berendzen, the moderator, in Introducing the symposium on "Life Beyond Earth and the Human Mind" at Boston Uni- versity Sunday. The discussion was co sponsored by the uni- versity and the national aero- nautics and space administra- tion. Contact Is Inevitable because even with present day tech- nology it would be possible to detect our civilization from any- where in our 250-bilIion-star gal- axy despite the enormous dis- tances, said Carl E. Sagan of Cornell, an astronomer and a rapidly prolif- erating species of experts seek- ing evidence for ijfe beyond. He argues that Uic prospect is so exhilarating that govern- ments should appropriate money to begin the long, ardu- ous radio search of the heavens. Indeed, he contends that the earth has already announced its presence since superior tech- nologies may be able to detect our high frequency radar and military messages. "This may explain why nohody has been he added. Not so sanguine about inter- galactic communic a t i o n was Prof. George Wald of Harvard, a Nobel prize-winning biologist who is an expert on vision. "I can conceive of no nightmare as terrifying as establishing such contact with a superior he said. Wald saw this as just another example of what he perceived as the misuse of science. "However horrifying and de- structive, you cannot think of anyfliing so horrible that some- body would not feel elated at carrying it he said. "The rest of us had belter restrain him Also uneasy was Ashley Mon- tagu, the arilhropologist and author, who was not optimistic that our contacts with the "be- yond earthers" would be very satisfactory, to judge from his- tory. "With our magnificent record with the Indians, the Chinese, the Filipinos, you can imagine ivhat mil he said. "We can show them how to achieve peace by making war." If contact is made, he said, he hoped it would be done with "every possible token of inter- est and friendship" and that no governmental officials would be permitted to be involved. "The manner in which we first meet may determine our subsequent rela t i o n he as- serted, adding that "the simple truth is that before we can com- municate with others success- fully we must communicate wilh ourselves." Such visions of visits from other wordly creatures Irri- tated Prof. Philip Morrison, a physicist and sometime philoso- pher of science at the Massa- chusetts Inst i t u t e of Technol- ogy. With the enormous dis- tances of space it would take centuries to make a round-trip even at the speed of light, he asserted. "I don't see how our tragic circumstances today are going to effect he said, A more likely scenario would be that we would begin to receive mes- sages, which would take many decades to decipher and under- stand, he went on. The most that could be con- ceived, he argued, was a "cere- monial visit" after an enormous rapport had been built up with a distant civilization. "So I am not fearful nor terribly expect- ant." Also hopeful was Krister Sten- dahl, dean of the Harvard Div- inity and a leading the- ologian. "If anybody Is ready it's UK he Bald cheerfully, referring to references to angels in the hea- vens. "My first reaction Is that It's great because it is great when God's world gets a little bigger, and I get a bigger he said. "The growing awareness of cosmic cohabita- tion is enormously Important for me if it fits well Into e. growing knowledge of God's world. rlt is highly probable that we are only one possible such civ- ilization. For that to sink that man is only one part of the cosmos in his consciousness is a great achievement." As for Montagu's "tragic Im- Stendahl said It had to da with fear. "When he is afraid, man is a very vicious human being that is why increased knowledge is not only interest- ing but is the road to learning what to fear and what not to fear." Normll Temperttun Vancouver 41 Edmonlon W Regina Winnipjj Toronto Ollowa Montreal HoWox SI. John'i NOT SO COLD Temperatures will be above normal for most of Canada over the next 30 days according to the United Slates Weather Bureau. Coastal regions will experience normal temperatures. Precipitation will bs moderate over most of country, with heavy precipita- tion expected in parti of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the This is not a specific forecait and changes may occur. Dears Is your battery dying? You need a now battery when: Lights dim when engine idles. Specific gravity varies 50 pts. Directional signals flash faster or slower. Starter cranks more slowly. Battery needs water often. Headlights brighten as engina speed increases. Sale 25" Reg. to Power Packed Battery polypropylene walls mean more acid and bigger plates inside; and that means more power and longer life. And they're fiva limes stronger than rubber case batteries. Available for most General Motors. Ford, Chrysler and American Motors cars. Get your day oil to a fast start! HOME OF THE DIE HARD Savet" Heavyweight Pile seat covers Sale 12 Reg. Warm, and so comforlablo, that's the feeling you'll got from those 18-oz. covers. They're even cooler than vinyl in summer. 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