The questful life to find”Aliens.”​ ( Part1)

 Remember the time when most science fiction movies mocked the idea of aliens with boogey eyes, slimy bodies, and one eyed-bobble heads? 

I really don’t. I was privileged enough to be born in a time when the concept of ” Aliens’ had moved far beyond strange creatures and had found a new niche where serious scientists actually found a research space to look for “intelligence” rather than an obnoxious imagination of physical conditions all mixed into one being. 

The research space of extraterrestrial life and the search for it has been grabbing many eyeballs over the past couple of years. In fact, Astrobiology as a field has grown immensely with SETI, NASA and projects like ‘Breakthrough listen’ contributing to significant scientific research that not only has potential to materialize into concrete physical evidence of extraterrestrial life but also attract enough investors to fund these projects. Non- scientists like Yuri Millner have poured millions of dollars into Astrobiological research.

Like most scientific research, the trickle-down effect of the striking findings has found a place in the pop science version of astrobiology for the general population. People are interested and curious about the life that exists beyond our realm of being. They aren’t just interested in what we find but also how we aim to find it and what the consequences will be.

During the Sunday q and A session, we found that 35 people out of 37 think that life exists beyond the earth and it is only a matter of time until we find it. This audience that responded was a mixed bag of youngsters ( 13-30 years) from various fields with no particular background of astrophysics. Looking at these results it is evident that the scientific approach to understanding the term ‘ Aliens’ has not only sparked up an interest among young scientific enthusiasts but is also appealing to them in a non-linear manner where they believe that a new, raw perspective that is elicited from another field could possibly shed light on a new and imaginative way to reach out to this life. After all, what makes us so different and diverse from each other are these perspectives.

 In an established set of responses that are more favorable to the extraterrestrial existence, there arises another question – where are they?

To this question, about 17 people felt that we weren’t competent enough to understand these signals or to answer to their calls, but 8 others felt that the life beyond the earth wasn’t advanced enough to detect our radio and microwave signals.

This conflicting result puts us in a unique position to examine whether or not we as a race are advanced?

Most questions like this actually find answers only when the subject in question is being compared to others on a scale that sets the barometer for specific goals and eventually to a range of equalizers. Here we are the only subjects in question and haven’t found life yet and what will we compare yourselves to? The funny thing is the answer to this question brings back to our original one, it’s almost like a never-ending loop. But there is a scale, called the Kardashev scale- a scale that was built to measure the advancement of our civilization by specific future goals ( more imaginative). The scale is mostly based on how we consume and produce energy. A type one civilization would be one that has all the technologies and abilities to harness all the energy found on its host planet, a type two would be able to harness the energy of the entire host star and so on so forth.

‘Are we the advanced civilization?’ is a question for the ages.

Although the significant answer was that there is life outside of the earth a small portion also believes that no life other than us ( all inclusive) exists. Although this opinion is a minority in the truest sense, it is still essential to understand the perspective. Thinking about life not existing outside of the earth a small question arises – ‘ Should we – humans be the ones to start the intergalactic colonization or in other words should we spread our life?’. Interestingly enough 14 people out of 25 felt that this would be the next course of action. 

Looking deeper into this, intergalactic colonization is a little far-fetched for us at this point in time and hence let us stick to the concept of an inter-system species. Today space entrepreneurs like Elon musk have made it their life mission to create system colonization. To move to mars by 2024 is his primary objective for space X. But do we really need this? Is it of utmost importance that we find our place in the stars?

Although idealistic at this point the answer is – yes. We must find our place beyond the earth for the simple reason that this planet cannot contain an exponentially growing species like the humans. There aren’t enough resources to feed us all and eventually there will be no space for us to live. There is no choice but for some of us to actually move out. Amongst us, there are leaders, followers, and explorers. The explorer’s hunger to find something new aids the leader’s mission to create new lives for the followers. 

It’s like moving to a new country, we wouldn’t move until we knew that others were living there and that’s why finding this life beyond the earth becomes imperative. And about 17 people out of 25 seem to believe so. 

But space exploration is expensive, these ambitious projects take time, money and hundreds of human resources. About 16 people of 20 feel that space exploration is actually a luxury and a luxury that most countries cannot afford. Whats the point of creating a surge in the economy to explore space and then realize that 80% and more of the world’s population live in developing countries where electricity and water through the day are considered a luxury!

The world sometimes comes to a standstill when space is involved for the simple reason that space missions are risky and results are very nominal as compared to the efforts that are put in to make them successful.  For this simple reason, about 10 out of 14 actually believe that the government agencies and private space agencies should invest just a basic minimum for astrobiological research while looking for habitable planets than make it a priority. In fact, 15 out of 17 feel that the government should use all these space resources to makes people’s lives better on the earth.  The rest believe that these resources should be redirected to other spheres of exploration and research that have a higher probability factor in yielding results. 

Results, one of the main results of astrobiological research is finding life and being the persuasive species that we are we will find it, but then what happens after we find               ‘ aliens’?

Will there be positive or negative effects on our civilization? A close ratio of 11:9 ( positive: negative) has been recorded. Are we just being paranoid about what we don’t know? That could be one way to answer this question with another question, but the truth is we know very little to even seem confident about what we are trying to find. There are too many variable factors and the chances of finding anything seem very slim for the simple reason that we are trying took for ourselves rather than a varied blanket of intelligence. 

Exploring is a basic instinct for man, and sometimes this exploring becomes far fetched especially when we go out to look, but we don’t know what we are looking for. While trying to find extraterrestrial life we tend to limit ourselves regarding the methods used to communicate – radio waves, microwaves, x rays, etc. For all, we know these waves may not even exist in the universe beyond ours, and hence we must start looking for results of the expanding universe that is universal to the entire blanket of space-time. Like – light or rather versions of light. There could be varied verions of light that could very well travel through dimensions unharmed and unchanged with accuracy to hold information over an extended period of time. Investing in such research could actually prove far more useful than sending probes to what we believe are habitable planets.

 

Stay tuned for more such exciting articles, and if you do want to participate in the survey and be part of the discussion, please follow the Sunday q and a on my Instagram page – sagariiiiiiii__

2 Comments

  1. It is an interesting compilation of work around the extraterrestrial intelligence phenomena especially in increasing the scope of human life beyond Earth which collectively leads to the upliftment of our consciousness by various technological, scientific and self-exploration methods.

    Although the methods and means of exploring the concept of extraterrestrial intelligence have indeed taken some interesting turns especially with new developments in Quantum Mechanics which points out that our objective reality is a complex (psi) function probabilistic in nature even at the macroscopic level…

    Nevertheless, the recent developments of individual private company’s like Bigelow Aerospace and To the Stars Academy along with SpaceX has raised significant interest and questions regarding the way information are handled in the UAP sector. Here is an interesting podcast of which summarizes the implications of rewards of disclosure compared to the risks of an official UAP video footage by the US Navy intelligence. https://dpo.tothestarsacademy.com/blog/why-unidentified-aerial-phenomena-are-a-national-security-risk-and-also-an-opportunity-for-progress

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    1. Hey !!
      I absolutely wanted to explore all these options and was planning to do so in part 2 and 3 ;
      The only reason I didn’t talk about them in part one was because I had to introduce the concepts on the Instagram survey first and get some primary data;
      So definitely watch out for the survey and upcoming post !
      🙂

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