Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Extraterrestrial life and, erm, chess

"I have decided to write a book about my contact with extraterrestrials, and it will be published in the United States in 2011. In it, I will speak of my personal experience communicating with extraterrestrials and my view on the question of extraterrestrial civilizations".

David Ike?

Nope. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the World Chess Federation! He thinks chess was given to humans by aliens, too ...

While on ET, NASA are holding a News Conference on an Astrobiology Discovery, tomorrow (December 2nd), and the line up looks pretty impressive. Exciting!

However, before you start practicing your Vulcan hand sign, in other news a scientist claims that UFO sightings can be explained by "ball lightning" and other atmospheric phenomena.

I once theologised about aliens, in dialogue with Kung's book, Der Anfang aller Dinge, here. But another thought springs to mind: Moltmann wrote: ‘[c]reation is not yet finished ... man is not the meaning of evolution’ (Gott in der Schöpfung, 204, 205). So, is it a surprise if anything has ‘out-evolved’ us Homo sapiens elsewhere in the universe? Of course, if NASA has found a pile of bacteria on some rocks, we are not necessarily looking at a civilisation that could help me refine my chess opening repertoire.


At 12/01/2010 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the link on ChessBase. I love chess but haven't followed Chess news in a couple years. I always thought Kirsan was a bit bonkers.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the predators-aliens chess photo!

At 12/02/2010 2:37 AM, Blogger Edwardtbabinski said...

My chess opening repertoire involves leading with the king, getting him killed, and then I bring out the rest of my pieces, my "apostles" I call them, and they conquer the world.

At 12/02/2010 2:52 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

We'll have to play a game sometime ;)

At 12/07/2010 9:30 AM, Anonymous Carson Clark said...

That's a hilarious Alien-Predator picture. Where'd you get it?

I'm an aspiring clergy-writer who's new to the Anglican tradition, and am trying to find Anglican readers. The title of my blog is "Musings of a Hard-Lining Moderate: The assorted thoughts of an evangelical Anglican."

Right now I'm doing a series on the doctrine of Scripture, which was prompted by the crisis in the global communion. Also recently wrote a post on the value of the christian calendar.

Don't know if you'd be interested, but here's the link:

Have a great day.

Grace & Peace,



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