Given that there isn’t any evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations:
The answers may be out there, but we must remember the most conservative possibility of all. In all the Universe, until we have evidence to the contrary, the only example of life might be us. Ethan Siegel, “What If It’s Just Us?” at Forbes
He goes through the usual potted history of life on Earth, omitting (they always do) to notice that the human mind is a quite different sort of development than, say, sexual reproduction or flight. It;s the mind that prompts us to even ask questions about ET, yet no one has any idea what consciousness even is.
We’ll see what happens. Most people in his position go back to inventing the space aliens again.
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3 Replies to “Forbes’ cosmology commentator: Maybe we ARE alone”
A million years ago, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth and I was still in college, one of my Philosophy professors gave us an assignment to write papers about meeting ET. And one of the more interesting ideas that came up was the thought that the first reaction should be, “Well, gee, HI! Do you already believe in God, or should we send MISSIONARIES?” (This was also back when you could still tell that De Paul was run by the Vincentians (St. Vincent de Paul and all that.)
The one question I never see asked when the subject of ET life is discussed is “why did abiogenesis occur on Earth?” It seems futile to try to figure out if it could occur on an exoplanet when we can’t answer that question. This author skips the question just like everyone else.
Well, at least he deserves credit for mentioning the dreaded possibility that humans are alone in the universe! Normally, that possibility is not mentioned.