The Politics of Extraterrestrial Communication .
I have for the life of me never wrote anything "scientific" on a political blog that I would throw my own opinions at. A while back I posted my argument that the newly discovered exo-planets that the media has used word plays to describe them (the new planets out side earth ) as being "earth-like" . I disagreed with the term as being misleading to the public . I agree that all the recently discovered planets exist , that's not doubting , that these planets around other stars increase the chance of life beyond our solar system . THERE is a STRANGE thing about this . *** With topping nearly 1000 new planets around other stars , which vary in size and shape , distance from host star . It's all "dead air" , we have not picked up any alien "signals" from any of them. The silence is eerie ........... You would think with all the radio transmissions the planet Earth has been beaming out into space foe the last 100 years that "they" as much as "us" would have somewhat "discovered" each other . I might say that I KNOW the truth why . Yes, the aliens KNOW about us , have always known about us . Yet because of the stellar distances ( light years ) between stars it makes communication almost impossible. There are also "language" barriers too . Professor Brian Cox interestingly enough made a statement that he says that life on earth is a but a "fluke" , The presenter and scientist blames a series of 'evolutionary bottlenecks' for the lack of extraterrestrial life on other planets, despite there being a mind-mindbogglingly vast number of them in the galaxy. I am sure that is how modern "evolutionary" scientists take aim to explain life on this planet . As a believer in evolution I don't agree with him . He's as bad as the creationists who also believe that the earth is the only planet with life . (1)> The Facts are regardless if life on earth came by chance or (2)> creator either system does not explain the vast myriads of worlds in the galaxy alone . All the new exo- planets frankly differ from each other . So I put my own belief is that most of the scientists on earth are looking for life that is more " earth-centric" or resembles earth . The observations alone point that life as we know it may not exist on other planets , but yes there is life out there as we don't know it , or explain it with our mere understanding . Cox goes on to say 'There is only one advanced technological civilization in this galaxy and there has only ever been one - and that's us. We are unique.'It's a dizzying thought. There are billions of planets out there, surely there must have been a second genesis?'But we must be careful because the story of life on this planet shows that the transition from single-celled life to complex life may not have been inevitable.' Despite what Cox is
saying . I am telling you that we are not so ALONE . I can't explain why I have a hunch that is tingling at my fingers when I write this , there have tantalizing evidences that we are not alone . In our solar system we have planets that given us a clue . Mars for one was more " earth-like" billions of years ago. There is evidence that Mars had water . SO as the story goes if water flowed on Mars , yes then life could have spawned in some lake bed that long since dried up. Another most important clue to this is the Saturn Moon Titan . It's the only moon that is large enough told to an atmosphere . Titan is a planet sized moon , its bigger than the planet Mercury . This moon's atmosphere has been studied over the decades , its similar to our own . It contains nitrogen and methane , whereas on Earth we have a nitrogen oxygen based air , even more tantalizing this moon has liquids like water on it's surface , with careful examination this moon lies almost a billion miles distance . Its cold there , water would freeze into sold like granite , but it's too exotic that methane is not a gas as here on earth but it rains down unto the surface of Titan much like water and it interacts with that moon's environment to only "mimic" an "unearthly" and "unrecognizable" form of life might exist on Saturn's moon Titan. If any living things exist on Titan they could not live on earth . Our earth with it's oxygen based life would kill the life forms of Titan,so the "creatures" there can only thrive on a cold ( 280 minus F) bathed in methane gas world . This DIFFERENCE only indicates that life on other solar systems can't be like us at all , and the pale blue dot as the earth is vary unique only in that , that earth can only support life based on what scientists called carbon based rather than methane , or nitrogen , or hydrogen , etc . The scientist looking for carbon based life are only going to get lost in the COSMOS . Life out there is not going to be like us , and the environments around those planets although "living" are going to be hostile to human life .
|Saturn's moon Titan might be|
the nearest place with
We've heard them before............
|We can't understand them because they|
can't understand us.
Way back in August 15, 1977,Jerry R. Ehman may have become the first man ever to receive an intentional message from an alien world. Ehman was scanning radio waves from deep space, hoping to randomly come across a signal that bore the hallmarks of one that might be sent by intelligent aliens, when he saw his measurements spike. The signal lasted for 72 seconds, the longest period of time it could possibly be measured by the array that Ehman was using. It was loud and appeared to have been transmitted from a place no human has gone before: in the constellation Sagittarius near a star called Tau Sagittarii, 120 light-years away.Ehman wrote the words "Wow!" on the original printout of the signal, thus its title as the "Wow! Signal." In a new book titled The Elusive Wow, amateur astronomer Robert Gray chronicles the quest for the answer to this enduring puzzle.When the signal was first seen in the data, it was so pronounced that SETI scientist Jerry Ehman circled it on the computer printouts in red ink and wrote “Wow!” next to it. It appeared to fit the criteria for an extraterrestrial radio signal, but because it wasn’t heard again, the follow-up studies required to either confirm or deny this were not possible. So what was it about the signal that made it so interesting? Because the radio signal was 30 times more powerful than the average radiation from deep space,Now, exactly 35 years later, whoever sent the emission may be getting a response.In fact, the hydrogen line is considered such an obvious candidate for extraterrestrial transmissions that scientists have made it a “protected spectrum.” Only astronomical research is allowed to be conducted at this frequency, which is one of many reasons why it is extremely unlikely that the Wow! signal originated on Earth. Some scientists working on the question of extraterrestrial intelligence have attempted to estimate the number of advanced technical civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy - that is, societies capable of radio astronomy. Such estimates are little better than guesses. They require assigning numerical values to quantities such as the numbers and ages of stars, which we know well; the abundance of planetary systems and the likelihood of the origin of life within them, which we know less well; and the probability of the evolution of intelligent life and the lifetime of technical civilizations, about which we know very little indeed might exist .
Life's molecules in Outer Space:
Life's molecules in Outer Space:
The that comets and meteorites seeded an early Earth with the tools to make life has gained momentum from recent observations of some of these blocks floating throughout the cosmos.Scientists scanning a galaxy 12 million light-years away with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected copious amounts of nitrogen containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PANHs), molecules critical to all known forms of life.PANHs carry information for DNA and RNA and are an important component of hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen through the body. They also make chlorophyll, the main molecule responsible for photosynthesis in plants, and – perhaps most importantly – they're the main ingredient in caffeine and chocolate.
The Drake Equation:
An estimate for the number of planets with intelligent extraterrestrial life can be gleaned from the Drake equation, essentially an equation expressing the probability of intelligent life as the product of factors such as the fraction of planets that might be habitable and the fraction of planets on which life might arise:
- God , the "gods" and Aliens.
- Before concluding this paper . Here is some information on the idea of a god "creating" life. And if it turns out that Earth isn't the only planet in the known cosmos on which intelligent life evolved, what are the possibilities that alien civilizations also worship a god figure? It's one of those very big and complex questions that humans wonder about. " religion" can be seen as byproduct of " Intelligence" on any planet . Yet it also depends on evolutionary developments in what these aliens look like. and not necessarily...if all things are created in the Universe, and aliens are part of it, and then aliens are created as well...whether or not the call what they believe as their creator God and worship them the way people on Earth do that is a different story... of the aliens to be supernatural and the aliens themselves to be gods AS Von Däniken claims.
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
***The Fermi Paradox can be easily explained due to the duration of life and advancement of life on a planet, the sheer distances involved in space travel and the sheer number of systems one would have to search to find life, even if it were relatively common. Even if only 1 in 20000 solar systems has life, that still means upwards of 5 million systems with life in this one galaxy alone (since there are roughly 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy) The James Webb space telescope being built (and several huge telescopes on the ground in South America and Hawaii) will allow us to check the atmospheric composition of Exoplanets directly. I'm betting hes flat out wrong and the universe is (relatively) chock full of life. (1)> Dr. Carl Sagan said : It depends on the likelihood that the given star has planets. It depends on the likelihood at least one of those planets is at a position from the essential star which is suitable for the origin of life. It depends on the likelihood that the origin of life actually occurs on that planet. It depends on the probability life once arisen on that planet will evolve to some intelligence. It depends on the likelihood that intelligence, once emerged, will develop a technical civilization. And it depends on the lifetime of the technical civilization, because technical civilization of a very short lifetime, will result in very few technical civilizations being around at any given time. We know something about some of these. There is some reason to believe that planets are a reasonable. (2)> Christians, in particular, might take the news hardest, because the Christian belief system does not easily allow for other intelligent beings in the universe, Christian thinkers said at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discuss issues surrounding to other stars.In other words, "Did Jesus die for Klingons too? The Vatican's official newspaper has endorsed the possibility that the universe could contain intelligent life beyond Earth, while insisting that aliens would be "our brothers" and "children of God" as much as human beings are.The Pope's astronomer, José Gabriel Funes, a Jesuit priest, told L'Osservatore Romano that there would be nothing surprising about the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrials."Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on Earth, so there could be other beings created by God [beyond it]," he said. The interview suggests that the Church's hierarchy may be paving the way to showing that Pope Benedict XVI is more open to the ideas of modern science than he has previously seemed to be. Judaism has one answer I like , getting quotes from some Rabbi's might be difficult at first to throw God into the mix of alien life out side of earth . Chabad .org had an intriguing question answered .Question:Would the discovery of ETs (extra-terrestrials) threaten organized religion?Answer:The discovery of ETs would pose no more of a threat to Judaism than would the discovery of a new species of rabbit.It would be limiting G-d's power to say that He could not have placed life on other planets. In fact, there is a reference in the biblical Book of Judges (5:23) to an inhabited place called Maroz, which the Talmud identifies as a star.But Jewish thought has always believed that the most weird and wonderful creatures are to be found right here on earth. We can explore the remotest extremities of space but still remain alien to our own humanity. The real secrets of the universe lie hidden in the depths of the human soul.