Alien Life & Evolution

There was always been this thing about Alien life and I just think with common sense, the answer is yes, there is life beyond Earth. The problem is, life as it is, may be very different from what humans are on other planets. The reason is because in other planets, the gravity in that planet, the atmosphere, and the environment may require a different kind of adapability and a different kind of evolution.

How am I so confident life exists on other planets? Well, whenever I wanted to show that something can be done, let's say Nuclear Fusion. In order to show you Nuclear Fusion is possible, I build a small prototype, not an entire Nuclear Fusion plant, but a small laboratory machine, a proof of concept. So by showing a proof of concept, this proves to the client that I am capable of doing Nuclear Fusion. The prototype, the proof of concept is us! We are the living proof that life can exists, and if it can exists on Earth, it can exist anywhere. I don't care if you do 10 millions other experiments or make other 10 millions other prototypes that fail to create life, you will still not win the argument that life can exists because simply we are the living proof that life exists! We are the 1 prototype that proves it's possible.

So far, our search for Alien life has turned up empty and people think that's why alien life don't exists, that's bad logic. Let me say why this is so. The universe is so big and without even going to do any research, I can tell with 99.999% confidence level that we've only searched for life in LESS THAN 0.0000000000000000001% of the universe. Let's take Mars for example, a planet where humans are looking for life on an extensive level. This planet alone, we have not even go through the entire planet, we're probably just 0.00000001% of it. The problem of the whole challenge is very simply summed up as, if we look from far through an orbitting machine, we can see more of the area but we will missed out on very small details, on which life such as bacteria can be there but we are too far to detect them. If we send in a machine right up on the land, then we're good to drill and pick up soil samples and all, but then our area coverage is now many many many times smaller. So either way, we have a problem and I can't see a way around it anytime soon, maybe in the future we have something to help, I don't know.

The other theory I had about life is, we're like a part of a grand experiment. Again, this theory comes from proof that life exists through evolution. Bare with me because this is very hard to explain, it exist on my brain but to type it out in words, it's abit hard.

Let's say you take a mice and bring it to your laboratory and put this mice into a small cage in your laboratory. To this small rat, the world he can see is the cage, the laboratory, and to him, this is the whole world. He doesn't know that life exists beyond the laboratory and he doesn't know about other details like the laboratory is inside a school, the school is located in a village, the village is located in some states, the state is located in some country, the country is located on planet Earth, the planet is located in some universe... hopefully you get it. The perception of how the world changes based on the information you have. The more information you have, the more you see yourself in somewhere.

We are that rat, so to speak, but on a very different setting. There will be many other rats brought for experiments, but we're just 1 rat and we can't see the other rats because they are in another laboratory or maybe somewhere in the wild, and our cage is the universe as we see it now. So if you can visualize this about the rat as us and the cage/laboratory as the universe, then we can move on.

Again, evolution as we know, is a prototype that proves evolution is possible. When you move it up on a grand scale, we're no longer talking about evolution of human beings, we're talking evolution of the creation of universe. So what I am trying to say is that evolution is possible as we know for life, then evolution must be possible as we know for universes. But because we're stuck inside a cage, we can't easily see that. The only way to see that is if the rat is somewhere out of planet Earth, maybe on the moon, and then he see that oh, so that's how it is. The only way we can prove this theory may be to step out of the universe, and then we'll know. That's obviously a complicated tasks, but it is still possible as a thought experiment.

I still think it's very hard for normal people to visualize that much the same way we have problems visualizing how spacetime is currently being stretched. I have problems understanding the cause of this issue but hey, I'm just a rat in a cage, I am limited in what I can know based on what evolution gives me. If evolution makes me a rat, there are some limitations on what I can do, if evolution makes me a sea creature, my limitations may be at this moment, the entire sea. Evolution made me a human being, and it's arrogant to think we have no limitations, yes we have, and we need to acknowledge them in order to see more than life, not through our eyes, but visually through our brain.

In the very same way, God may be that scientist in which we are the laboratory rats. =)
MadProgrammer MadProgrammer
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1 Response Sep 6, 2012

I am largely of the same mind. Life exists on Earth, therefore it can exist. It seems unlikely that Earth is unique in all of the universe.

I am completely unsurprised that we haven't detected other signs of life. There is a very narrow window between when we start sending out signals indicating to other forms of intelligence that we exist, and when we will hit the technological singularity. It seems entirely plausible that the goals of our species today will bear no resemblance to the goals of our post-singularity progeny. The hunt for intelligence might seem to them to be quaint and amusing, assuming they were capable of such an emotion.

If a similar evolution tends to occur with any intelligence, it's quite possible that this window of 100-200 years is the only point in the evolution of life on any life-bearing world where we're capable of sending signals and listening for them. Assuming life is variously starting on these worlds over spans of billions of years, there'd have to be a lot of these civilizations going for us to catch one at the point in their development where they are where we are today. Otherwise they will be too primitive, or they may be uninterested in discovering us or being discovered by us.