Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 1
Waspie_Dwarf

Nearest Sun-like star has planets [merged]

36 posts in this topic

Finding a very close parallel to earth will allow for the types of comparisons that could provide a profound understanding of how evolution is affected by probabilistic events, such as significant asteroid collisions that alter lifeforms, leading possibly to higher functioning sentient entities. To find even remotely similar societies would, I imagine, pose profound reexamination of ideas such as random evolution vs engineered evolution.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just wanna fast forward in time to see where any of these discoveries of new 'goldilocks' planets leads too...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great find i bet there is some kind of life on planet and other planets with a sun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Finding a very close parallel to earth will allow for the types of comparisons that could provide a profound understanding of how evolution is affected by probabilistic events, such as significant asteroid collisions that alter lifeforms, leading possibly to higher functioning sentient entities. To find even remotely similar societies would, I imagine, pose profound reexamination of ideas such as random evolution vs engineered evolution.

I'm not sure what would be more eerie... to find an empty, Earth like planet... or the remains of a long dead civilization.

In relation to the matter of radio noise... I wonder what the window might be for producing radio noise? Apparently we're slowly becoming quieter now, but I wonder how long that process might go on for... might be a long tail-off. after all, we have computers, satellites, and dancing robots, but we still bang nails into wood using a lump of metal with a flat end, and use a whole bunch of items that go back hundreds of years or more. A civilization might have a quiet hiss for a long time before all it's radio producing technology is phased out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A civilization might have a quiet hiss for a long time before all it's radio producing technology is phased out.

That is of course possible. However I think there are some safe assumptions that can be made, if we assume that a similar mind set to our own. A civilisation even a few hundred years more advanced than us is likely to have colonised planets within its own solar system, and possibly even begun interstellar travel. Unless they have discovered some form of communication totally unknown to us then there is likely to be considerable communications between the planets/space-ships/star-ships. This will require high powered radio and or laser communications. I think it highly possible that our radio "quietening" is a temporary thing.

Of course the biggest assumption I made their is assuming a similar mind set to our alien. An alien culture may not think at all like us in which case anything is possible.

Assumptions are all we currently have at the moment when it comes to alien life. For example the assumption that life arises easily when the conditions are right is based on the fact that life started very quickly on Earth, appearing around a billion years after the Earth formed. Now if we assume that the Earth is typical of other planets that bodes well for life, it started on Earth almost as soon as the conditions allowed.

However, what if we use the same logic for the chances of advanced civilisations occurring? Well then things don't look so good. After it took 4.6 billion years for a civilisation to arise that could produce anything more technologically advanced than a stick. Life may be common but intelligent life may be rare.

Still with hundreds of billions of planets to chose from it would seem unlikely to me that intelligent life doesn't exist throughout the galaxy, it just seems to me that we may have to look further afield than Tau Ceti.... but I so hope I'm wrong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This will require high powered radio and or laser communications. I think it highly possible that our radio "quietening" is a temporary thing.

Yeah. Although I'd read somewhere that there's a good chance advanced civilizations might use the lasers and other technologies and drop radio altogether, but I can't remember the details of what else they're supposed to use.

Assumptions are all we currently have at the moment when it comes to alien life. For example the assumption that life arises easily when the conditions are right is based on the fact that life started very quickly on Earth, appearing around a billion years after the Earth formed. Now if we assume that the Earth is typical of other planets that bodes well for life, it started on Earth almost as soon as the conditions allowed.

However, what if we use the same logic for the chances of advanced civilisations occurring? Well then things don't look so good. After it took 4.6 billion years for a civilisation to arise that could produce anything more technologically advanced than a stick. Life may be common but intelligent life may be rare.

This is an interesting thing. I actually kinda lean in the direction that intelligence developing might be the more likely bit, once you've gotten over the hurdle of life starting.

The idea being that once you have a situation of complex biological life where there is evolution, then the strategies for survival are gonna be pretty similar anywhere. So, evolution will always give rise to social creatures that work together, which leads to social intelligence- and those that are resourceful with the environment, which leads to abstract intelligence. And its just a matter of time before one species gets locked into a runaway process of: more intelligence=more resources for 'brain'=more intelligence=non specialization=forced to rely on intelligence, like we did.

It's pretty interesting how soon life started after Earth was able to support it though. Makes you wonder.

Edited by ad hoc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is an interesting thing. I actually kinda lean in the direction that intelligence developing might be the more likely bit, once you've gotten over the hurdle of life starting.

The idea being that once you have a situation of complex biological life where there is evolution, then the strategies for survival are gonna be pretty similar anywhere. So, evolution will always give rise to social creatures that work together, which leads to social intelligence- and those that are resourceful with the environment, which leads to abstract intelligence. And its just a matter of time before one species gets locked into a runaway process of: more intelligence=more resources for 'brain'=more intelligence=non specialization=forced to rely on intelligence, like we did.

You assume that intelligence like ours is inevitable, but I would suggest that the facts are contrary to this.

The thing is that life has had many chances to develop intelligent, technological, species, but it only happened once. No reptile, bird, fish amphibian, invertebrate did it and nor did any other family of mammals. In terms of species capable of interstellar communication the fact that only one species developed that capability in 3 billion years of evolution does not really support you premise.

If we again assume that Earth is a typical planet, then the fact that intelligent life is rare here would suggest it is rare else where.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You assume that intelligence like ours is inevitable, but I would suggest that the facts are contrary to this.

The thing is that life has had many chances to develop intelligent, technological, species, but it only happened once. No reptile, bird, fish amphibian, invertebrate did it and nor did any other family of mammals. In terms of species capable of interstellar communication the fact that only one species developed that capability in 3 billion years of evolution does not really support you premise.

If we again assume that Earth is a typical planet, then the fact that intelligent life is rare here would suggest it is rare else where.

That's just silly. Evolution is a slow progression from simple to complex life. Intelligence can only occur after a certain point- in our case, it only got to the complex animal stage 500 million years ago, so there's no point in talking about it not happening in billions of years, because life was busy evolving towards complex life.

So what I'm simply saying is: once you reach the almost inevitable stage of having socially intelligent creatures, which already partially rely on their intelligence (which we have quite a few examples of on earth) then it's quite a reasonable idea that it's only a matter of time before one of them gets locked into relying on their intelligence as their main strength.

yes, it's only happened once in 500 million years since the high-intelligence jump off point barely began to become possible.

And that's not actually very long.

-

And I'd like to add to that- there are examples of animals that have various mental faculties that we do as humans. In some cases, actually better. It's all there, it all evolves naturally. Just takes one species to come along and put a few of these strengths together and they get funneled into the survival niche of intelligence.

Edited by ad hoc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Voyager space probes, now at or near the edge of the solar system, have radio transmitters of about 23 watts. This is a very modest level of power. They still manage to hear from them because their positions are well known, and very high gain, very narrow beam antennas can be aimed at them. They also know just when to listen, as Voyager is prompted to transmit, when they wish to hear from it.

If we wanted to hear similar space communications signals from another solar system, we would very probably be out of luck, given our current technology.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

there's life in almost any planet just because we cant see it don't mean it dont exist!!!it could be advanced life,primitive life and etc its still life.i find it really hard that planet earth is the only planet with life or luck enough ti have life.one has to be really ignorant or dumb to believe otherwise.that is cool though.the universe has no limits and size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bet if you wrote a program to randomly generate just a few million stars and planets (not many considering the size of the average galaxy) based on what we already know, you would get a few quite similar to Earth. Up the number to a few billion and I bet you find some that look like complete clones. With numbers that high, averages don't lie :P

Edited by Finity

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 1

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.