In recent months, several leading astrophysicistsfrom NASA and Harvard suggested that aliens are not the fruit of science fiction: that developed and ancient technological civilizations may exist, but are beyond our comprehension or ability to detect. Silvano P. Colombano of the Research Center. Ames at NASA suggests that we may miss the signal during a UFO search.
"Our form of life and intelligence," notesColumbano, "can only be a tiny first step in the ongoing evolution, which may well lead to the emergence of forms of intelligence far superior to ours and not based on carbon" mechanisms. "
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Similarly, the Director of AstrobiologicalThe center of Columbia University, Caleb Scarf, suggests that alien life may be so developed that it will become indistinguishable from physics. At the same time, Avi Loeb from Harvard suggests that the first known interstellar visitor of our solar system, Oumuamua, may be a probe sent by an endearing civilization of space, and that the scientific community must be ready to recognize and accept uncertainty.
After only 50 years of computer evolution, we havetalking about "superintelligence" and quickly becoming symbiotes with computing power, says Colombano, and adds: "I don’t want to touch upon the question of the survival of our species or its future" role "in the evolution of millions of years. I just want to point out the fact that the intelligence that we could find and that could find us (if he hadn’t already done so) could not be born at all by carbon forms of life like us. ”
“Although it is still reasonable and conservativeto assume that life most likely appeared in conditions similar to ours, the huge temporary differences in potential changes make the probability of “coincidence” of technologies very low, ”says Colombano.
In a 2018 article calling for a more aggressive search for advanced extraterrestrial life, Colombano argues that we are missing out on non-carbon-based alien life, like Earth.
Colombano also claims that there are certainaspects of UFO sightings that cannot be explained. In his article published by SETI, he notes that we could skip some signals in the search for a UFO.
“We must treat the UFO phenomenon assubject to research in the context of systems with a very low signal-to-noise ratio, but without discarding the possibility of challenging a number of our assumptions. In a huge amount of “noise” in UFO reports, there may be “signals”, albeit small ones, but indicating a number of phenomena that cannot be explained or refuted, ”he says. The appearance of a UFO is often considered unlikely due to the low probability of interstellar travel, but in his opinion aliens should have mastered this technique.
Scarf notes that Arthur Clark suggested thatany sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic. “If you give a handful of Paleolithic farmers iPhones and sneakers, you definitely seem like a magician. But farmers still recognize you as their own and ultimately start taking selfies. But what if life evolved to such an extent that it became similar not to magic, but to physics? ”
If the Universe hides another life in itself, and ifa part of this life has evolved beyond our own complexity and technology waypoints, Scarf offers us some extreme possibilities to consider.
As an example, Avi Leba fromHarvard, who says that aliens are quite real: “I think aliens are not as speculative as dark matter and extra dimensions. I think the opposite is true. ”
Loeb also adds that “clean up aliens withbilling is a crime. Because if you look at the history of science, you know that Galileo Galilei argued that the Earth revolves around the sun, and for that it fell behind bars. Facts this, of course, did not change. The earth moves around the sun no matter what the church says. And the fact that Galileo suffered for his assertions has nothing to do with nature. ”
“Even if the speed of light is irresistibleas a barrier, for millennia civilizations would surely have mastered interstellar travel, ”notes Colombano. "I think we need to revise even our most careful assumptions."
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