There has to be altruism in the universe: Physicist
Posted by feww on January 27, 2010
Our friends at EDRO wrote:
The Cosmos supports “life” [rebirth] therefore its structure must be ethical and its elements altruistic.
“Aliens May Already Be Among Us!”
If you want to look for aliens, look closer to home. You may find extra-terrestrial life forms, probably just microscopic particles, could still be floating around “right under our noses , or even in our noses,” Paul Davies, Arizona State University physicist, and Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, told a group of scientists in London.
“How do we know all life on earth descended from a single origin?” He told his audience at a science lecture. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the microbial world.”
Davies argues that because less than 1 percent of the total number of world’s bacteria are known, there could well be some surprises hidden in or around our planet, waiting to be discovered.
It’s quite probable, of course, that “many” types of “extra-terrestrial” microorganisms live here on earth. But that’s not to say those organisms are/were necessarily capable of evolving into macroscopic ones.
Based on the notes of his lecture, therefore, our Moderators do NOT consider professor’s argument very convincing. It’s taking the notion, scope and application of statistics a bit too far. But kudos, of course, for trying.
And to his credit, he told his audience at the conference that “the scientist in me screams out for caution.”
The theory that alien micro-organisms lurk around here on earth is nothing new. There are a number of scientists who are looking for signs of alien life in our world.
What’s Wrong with SETI?
Nothing really, it’s lots of fun doing what they do. But they are looking only in “3+1″ dimensions. They are looking for “mechanical” proof, indirectly imposing their terms on the rest of the universe.
What they are implying is, i) we hope, and strongly suspect there are [or should be] other life forms in the universe, ii) if so, the aliens must be far away from us because we haven’t discovered them so far, iii) the aliens must be more advanced than us [because we have really f**ked up here on Earth, or else we’d be half way to SIRIUS by now,] iv) WE insist to discover the more intelligent aliens on OUR terms.
There’s an allegory about a young kid who lost a coin in a dark place, but went looking frantically for it half a block away under a street light. A passer-by, being a good Samaritan, offered to help.
“What is it you have lost?” he asked.
“My money,” replied the kid with tearful eyes.
The Samaritan joined in the search; however, half an hour and a small crowd later he couldn’t find the coin.
“Where exactly did you lose your Money? He asked the kid exasperatedly.
“About half a block that way,” the kid pointed with his finger.
“Then why are you looking for your money here if you lost it half a block up that way?”
“Because this is the nearest street light, ” replied the kid indignantly.
What if aliens existed in one or more parallel universes? What if you could travel to these universes not by pathetic mechanical means, like rockets and space modules, but through other forms of transportation, in a manner as simple as switching a TV channel on a remote control unit?
Despite some advances in quantum physics, our science still provides for and dwells in an electromechanical world.
“Are aliens among us?”
We have a feeling that Prof Davies thinks there are. But he has no way of proving it. It’s just a strong hunch, series of coincidences, his powerful imagination and the ability to analyze those features in a human framework.
Frank Drake, the Cornell University astronomer who in 1960 conducted the first modern SETI experiment, “Project Ozma,” says we can only confirm the existence of life elsewhere in the universe if a prospective alien civilization decided to respond. And he is 100 percent correct, of course.
Drake also said: “There has to be altruism in the universe.”
He’s right, again, one hundred percent because we have volumes of evidence to that effect.
So, Prof Davies, here’s a possible answer to your question, in two parts.
Part 1 of the answer: “The Cosmos is ethical and altruistic. The Cosmos supports rebirth. On those notions alone, its difficult to believe that it would only manifests its splendor in one tiny corner of only one of its multiple domains.”
Part 2 of the answer: “Given the characteristics described above, IF ‘aliens’ [anyone consciously aware of its full genetic ID, e.g, via ancestral memory] did live among us, would you honestly expect them to come forward and be used by our non-ethical, non-altruistic civilization?”