Friday, January 14, 2011

E.T. Go Home

Mark in Spokane quotes a "scientific study" suggesting that "[e]ither we're alone, or any aliens out there are acquisitive and resource-hungry, just like us" — If aliens exist, they probably want to eat us, exploit our planet for resources.

First, it is amazing what passes for "scientific study" in the eyes of the media these days; I have always thought that science restricted itself to things for which we have evidence, and there is no evidence for alien life. That philosophical quibble aside, I agree with the speculation that "the fact that we haven't run across E.T. yet argues strongly for the [former] possibility — that we are alone in the universe's howling void."

And there are purely scientific reasons for agreeing, with research suggesting that "the textbook idea that complex cells evolved first and only later gained mitochondria is completely wrong," that "cells could not become complex until they acquired mitochondria," and that "[a]cquiring mitochondria, it seems, was a one-off event" — Thank God for Mitochondria.

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Blogger John said...

If there are aliens out there, I am not too worried about them, since they are likely to be less advanced than we are. Perhaps the aliens should be worried about us coming to their neighborhood some day!

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Of course, exobacteria coud do us a lot of harm, so perhaps it is best that as a species we follow Lao Tzu's advice and just stay home.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Roy F. Moore said...

No way on that! If we are alone, let us colonize the stars.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

It's hard not to like the idea, I have to admit.

One reason why Isaac Asimov was the only SF writer I read was because there were no aliens in his universe. I've never come across a fictional alien I could believe in, except perhaps in Carl Sagan's Contact, because we never saw them.

4:12 PM  
OpenID haraldhardrada said...

'First, it is amazing what passes for "scientific study" in the eyes of the media these days; I have always thought that science restricted itself to things for which we have evidence'

Well science has to be testable. Astrobiology is highly theoretical but certainly testable. The domain of artificial life helps, too.

'That philosophical quibble aside, I agree with the speculation that "the fact that we haven't run across E.T. yet argues strongly for the [former] possibility — that we are alone in the universe's howling void."'

We've searched so much of the Universe so exhaustively with radio telescopes. Because aliens obviously use radio transmission.

12:25 PM  

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