(Stephan’s Quintet, 290 million light-years away, in the constellation Pegasus. Four Galaxies that revolve in close proximity. Image from: The Atlantic. All credit due.)
The Fermi Paradox still reigns supreme, a simple observation by the late physicist Enrico Fermi, that given the infinite mass density and expansion of the Universe. Where is all the alien life? The Earth is a microdot within the backdrop of billions of planets and stars. Our insignificance is mind blowing, a sobering reminder against human arrogance that entails we are governed by a single deity or natural laws. Essentially we are nothing. At the same time we could be greater and more prolific in our understanding of our place, more importantly, survival in an uncaring, indifferent and brutal cosmos. That is the philosophical bases of a human-centric power evolving to combat against natural systems. Till then we are no more than ants intermixed with confusion.
Stephen Hawking in his latest science (hard) fiction scenario. Once again reiterates a case that the human race should remain silent against contacting more advanced alien life.
If life is rare in the cosmos and we are discovered, they, the aliens maybe not after our resources…
From: The Guardian
“As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out. The Breakthrough Listen project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking. One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back.”