“Trilobites & Homo Sapiens” –Is Our Evolution Unique in the Cosmos?

Extraterrestrial Life

 

In contrast to Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb’s optimism that extraterrestrials are less speculative than dark matter or extra dimensions, a study that we posted in September of 2018 conducted by three scholars from the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University, suggests that although we exist in a universe with a potential 50 quintillion habitable planets, the expectation that life — from inorganic to bacteria to sentient beings —abiogenesis– has or will develop on other planets as it has on Earth, might be based more on optimism than scientific evidence.

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“The Messenger” –‘Unambiguously Artificial Gravitational-Wave Signals’

Alien Technology

 

It is conceivable that a civilization advanced enough to see itself in a cosmological context would think of a way to make itself known to the universe. In “The Messenger: A Galactic Center Gravitational-Wave Beacon”pre-print on Arxix, an international team of researchers have proposed a hypothetical alien craft, a beacon at the Milky Way’s Galactic Center, “The Messenger”, that emits gravitational waves that are “unambiguously artificial”.

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Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream –“Alien Contact” from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination

This amazing podcast from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination explores ideas of alien contact with Jill Tarter (SETI Institute) and Jeff VanderMeer (bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy). They discuss the Drake Equation, the faulty math of the film Contact, manifest destiny, whether we’re alone, flawed assumptions about the concept of intelligence, what fiction can do to help us think about the very alien-ness of alien contact, and how it may be happening all around us.

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