Intelligent Life in the Universe


We cannot completely discount the possibility that alien life will look or act like us, not least of all given the statistical probabilities. The laws of natural selection alone may no longer govern humans; however, whilst cloning and gene manipulation may allow human enhancement and the curing of disease, we are still constrained by the physiological limitations hard-coded into our genes. Other carbon-based life forms might utilize the same chemical structures (DNA or even RNA) as information carriers, especially with these molecules found in abundance throughout the interstellar medium. On the other hand they may be completely different. Extrapolate to the practical applications of, say, superstring physics (if it’s right) and maybe they can put their intelligence into non-biological forms. Arthur C. Clarke said that what they could do would be like magic to us. Read More →

Mass Extinctions and Space Exploration

If there were ever a case to be made for space exploration, the very real possibility of mass extinction is certainly reasonable. Our planet won’t be around forever. Whether this is a result of our sun dying or some other cataclysmic event (natural or man-made), humanity must find a way to survive beyond our own planet. Let’s consider mass extinctions further as a justification for continued space exploration. Read More →

Science and Faith: Are They Mortal Enemies?

There is no denying that there have been times when science and religion have been in conflict. Particularly in Western society, it appears that Science and the Christian faith are often pitted against one another. Read More →