Friday, March 16, 2012

Resident Authority

Are we, as a species, the resident authority on anything outside of our own planet? or even our planet for that matter. The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy shows us that our planet could merely be the most powerful supercomputer in the galaxy, constructed by mice which are the smartest species known to man, and we would never know or believe unless we were shown the factory.

I remember distinctly a few years back that we had discovered a new single-celled organism that we had brought back from Mars or the moon or something along those lines. We were absolutely baffled at how the organism could survive in the harshness of space without the necessities for life. Mainly food, water and air. Scientists often fail to grasp the concept that our species is not the end-all see all of the universe. If there are other species out there (which i believe whole-heartedly there is) who gave us the knowledge to outright say that they require the same building blocks as we do to survive?

Last time i checked, there was no celestial blue print that demanded all forms of life be humanoid and survive off the same basic elements. Allow me to bring up a few arguments:
  1. Everything in the known universe is created of the same 4 or 5 basic elements, from the quarks in our cells to the stars that provide the dazzling show of pinhole light in the sky we see every night. However we have decided that the stars are not alive, they're essentially time bombs with a several billion year fuse.
  2. We were not the first things in the universe, and we will most certainly not be the last.
  3. All of our scientific theories, as time has progressed, have been proven wrong by a more accurate and complex scientific theory. However, the theories in themselves are just that, theories. Scientific hypothesis which can not be dis-proven due to some reason or another. Much like the speed of light. it is Theorized that we can not break the speed of light with any means of propulsion. What prevents it from being dis-proven? our ability to break the speed of light with any means of propulsion.
I find that people desperately hold onto these theories as if they were the law. And when someone suggest something way out in left field their response is "It would work of it didn't break *insert scientific theory*."

Who are we to demand that we know everything there is to know about how life is formed in the universe. For all we know, we may find out that the clouds in the sky are merely non-corporeal beings and we have not yet realized a form of communcation advanced enough to communicate with them while they observe us. I'm not saying it's true, but i'm not saying we should dismiss the thought either.

The fact remains that we do not know all there is to know about how life is formed. Up until just recently (in the grand scheme of things) we knew almost nothing compared to what we know now. I'm sure in another 80 years, we'll look back at where we are now and view ourselves as brutish and archaic. The universe is full of unknowns and before we discover them, we should venture to discover ourselves first, and get a little more humble about how lack-luster we really are compared to other potential species.

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