Laughing extraterrestrials

“They journeyed a long time and found nothing. At length they discerned a small light, which was the Earth […] One philosopher asserted that he knew the whole secret […] He surveyed the two celestial strangers from top to toe, and maintained to their faces that their persons, their worlds, their suns, and their stars, were created solely for the use of man. At this assertion our two travelers let themselves fall against each other, seized with a fit of inextinguishable laughter … they could not find the smallest reason to suspect that we and our fellow-citizens of this globe have the honor to exist.”
– Voltaire (1752)


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