There are more stars our own galaxy than grains of sand on the earth? Does ET exists?
With ale the stars in our galaxy with potential multiple planets with them not even including the trillions of galaxies with multiple planets. do you really think were alone in the universe?
Of course not. Why should our one little blue chip of a planet, a very minor sized planet of a very average star, be the only one in the Universe to have intelligent and self-aware-of-itself life on it?
Then, we tend to think of life as being within our sensory ranges which, in themselves are very narrow slits on an unknown limitless spectrum of vibrations which make up...once again, infinite perspectives of an infinite number of universes.
Fact is we know very little. So little that even when we speculate we can't do so outside the parameters of our own imaginings.
If you can consider, for example, that LIFE is all there is, and that everything that manifests within our sensory ranges of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, our so-called solidarity, is some sort of manifestation of that life; Life creating its creatures for some reason unknown to us, you at least have some sort of starting point, imaginary as it is, to attempt to make sense out of a question like the one you just asked.
And do I know what I'm talking about? Of course not. I'm just waffling for something to say about something I do not understand.
Sorry I couldn't give you an acceptable asnwer - or maybe I did.
You right Sir, but don't your think with the infinite possibilities hat some form of life exists out there?
I do, Mathew. I most certainly do. Why should we be considered special and the only life form to have reached the point where we can ask such questions?
Do aliens exist in this big universe? Almost certainly at some point.
Are they visiting us now? Almost certainly not.
They may be millions of light years away from us at this moment and thus are unknowable.
They may have gone extinct a billion years ago or may not evolve for another billion.
And that's ignoring the Larry Niven essays on what aliens would be like, such as intelligent squid or something like a sentient koala, so limited by geography, population size and environment that it never develops space travel or even radio signal generation.
Hi Matthew Woolsey! How's it going?
I think that we are living in exciting times right now, Mr. Woolsey! What I mean to say is that I believe that science and technology are constantly developing and refining ways for us to make the investigation. I believe that continuing refinement in the field of artificial intelligence has a lot of potential, for example.
In upcoming months I am going to be reviewing a book by Martine Rothblatt, PhD., about the future of artificial intelligence---our "mindclones," is the term she uses. Think of the potential applications for galactic explorations. I mean, really think about that, Mr. Woolsey!
We can all sit at our computer screens and speculate; and, of course, there is no harm in that. The really exciting thing to ponder, in my opinion, is the kinds of exploratory tools that might, potentially, be at humanity's disposal one hundred years from now.
There is one more thing to consider---and I'll close with this. I'm no mathematician or scientist; but I do seem to recall that energy for propulsion thing. What I mean is that there is no air in "outer space," I understand. That means absolutely nothing to "push off" of, right?
I mean, part of the reason heavier-than-air flight is possible is because there is at least air in our atmosphere. A concentrated, quick exhalation of fuel can push off against the built up air pressure to propel the vessel forward, yes?
Two other points: 1) You know how they say the "stars" you look at, at night are just the light from long-dead stars that have been traveling for eons, and all that?; and 2) Do you remember that Star Trek Voyager episode where there was a planet, whose people lived wildly out of phase with the rest of the galaxy temporally? When two minutes passed about Captain Janeway's Enterprise, two hundred years passed down on that planet? Remember that?
I say all of that to say this: Mightn't we conceive of future, possible, human-to-non-human contact in other ways beside the face-to-face?
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