ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Astronomy & Space Exploration

Extraterrestrial Life on Other Planets

Updated on August 27, 2011

Is there life on other planets?

A little over a year ago, a spacecraft named Kepler started traveling through the universe in search of other Earth-like planets capable of extraterrestrial life. . NASA has recently made announcements about the shocking discovery of hundreds of planets that could possibly hold life similar to the life we experience here on Earth. Personally, I don’t find it that shocking. Interesting, yes. Shocking, no.

The only thing shocking about the news is the fact that they ONLY discovered hundreds of possible earth-like planets. I was expecting millions or billions, but the fact that only discovered hundreds could just be a matter of our own technological insufficiencies and our ability to only cover a limited amount of space.

The universe is to big not to have life on other planets

The universe is bigger than we can possibly imagine and Earth is smaller than a pinpoint when compared to the rest of the universe. With all this space out there, with billions of galaxies resembling our own, it seems a bit conceited to think that earth and the human race are the only life or even the only intelligent life in the universe. What makes us so special? Quite simply, we aren’t.

When we look at our own world, we see humans as a sort of super species. When we look at the other species, they seem insignificant. What is a bed of ants or even a living cell to us? They are tiny and insignificant to us. But now imagine a much larger scale. To the rest of the universe, we are the insignificant, microscopic living organism. We have no idea where we came from or why we are here and our lives really seem to have virtually no impact on the rest of the universe.

 

Could there be intelligent alien life?

Also, we consider ourselves to be intelligent life. We are intelligent compared to other species here on Earth, but how intelligent are we compared to the rest of the universe and alien life? If we do discover life on other planets, their intelligence could possibly be much higher than ours. Perhaps they already know about us but have no real motive or reason to visit us because we are insignificant to them. What are these extraterrestrial life forms capable of?

What is alien life capable of?

We already know that there are a lot of things on Earth that we cannot explain. Take for example, the quantum leap. If you have ever seen the show, “Quantum Leap”, then you know what it means. A quantum leap is when something moves from point A to Point B without ever going anywhere between the two points. It sounds impossible but it is actually a proven fact that it is possible and happens all the time right here on Earth. We just haven’t been able to understand how it happens or duplicate it. If you have ever studied the atom, then you know quantum leaps are real. In an atom, electrons orbit around a nucleus. Sometimes, the electron will jump from one orbit to another. When they jump, they never travel from one orbit to another. Instead, they seem to just disappear and then reappear somewhere else. It is a known fact. We obviously aren’t intelligent enough to figure that out but maybe species on other planets have.

 

Species adapt to their environments naturally and evolve in order to survive. Maybe we haven’t figured out the quantum leap yet because we haven’t had a need to do so. However, another planet has a terrain that makes it difficult for alien life to travel, they could naturally evolve to just “knowing how” to quantum leap. Kind of like how a baby just knows to suck when a bottle is put near its mouth. If moving great distances very quickly is crucial to survival on other planets, I don’t see any reason why this couldn’t be a natural instinct for them.

What effect will alien life have on religion?

What effect would the discovery of life on other planets have on religion? If we find another planet with intelligent life, capable of all the same feelings, morals and emotions as we are, do we assume that our same God made that planet and those humans also? I can think of three possible scenarios. First, the discovery of intelligent life on another planet could lead to the assumption that each planet has its own God. Like little boys collect ant farms, These Gods create planets. They care about us, give us everything we need to survive and they watch us work and play. The second scenario would be people believing in one Universal God. One almighty being that created and is the ruler of everything. The third scenario would be the extinction of religion altogether and a transformation to belief in science.

While the future of religion is unknown, one thing is for sure. The discovery of extraterrestrial life would open a world of unanswered questions and theories proved wrong.

 

Do you believe there is life on other planets?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • colmovalor profile image

      colmovalor 6 years ago from India

      A very good and and interesting one, keep it coming, I think you can connect with the topics of UFO's too.

    • lundmusik profile image

      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      It continues to be astounding to me that there is the general assumption that anyone knows what either "life" or "intelligence" is about -- we assume we are the pre-eminent examples of both. check out my hub on extra-terrestrial.. thanks for your work!!!

    • sparkster profile image

      Sparkster Publishing 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think it's Gliese 581g which is the most habitable. Personally I think we are just a miniscule part of some majorly vast life-form that we simply don't have the intellectual capacity to understand. Over 500 planets have been discovered by Hubble that may be capable of harbouring life and given that 2 of the building blocks to DNA have been found on meteorites from outer space the chances of life having evolved on other planets is extremely high.

    • Vagabond Mind profile image

      Vagabond Mind 7 years ago

      After reading your article and comment, I read about Gliese G. It's so intriguing! Great hub.

    • cblack profile image
      Author

      cblack 7 years ago from a beach somewhere

      Thanks Sumampow80. I read that article on CNN today about the planet Gliese. One astonomer stated that the probability of life on the planet is 100 percent. It will kind of drive you crazy if you think about what's out there too much. With the possibility of so many other planets with intelligent life it makes you question what our purpose is here or if we even have one at all.

    • profile image

      Sumampow80 7 years ago

      Nice hub. Its hard to belive that there is no other life out there. I just read that a new planet was found that could easely support life on CNN. It blew my mind.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)