Why We’re Alone?

Just a quick thought on why we’re alone or at least we think we’re alone!  If you have read the Three-Body Problem sci-fi trilogy, then you may compel to agree with the author that other aliens don’t want to be seen at all costs!  The idea is that once an intelligent world is being discovered it could be the end of it.

Imagine an intelligent world that is being developed to the point that it needs to colonize other planets to sustain its population and civilization.  This world thus would go out of its way to strip resources of other planets and stars.  The hungriness of such a world would not be stopped and it would grow infinitely until their technology got so great that they could outstrip an entire galaxy for resources.

Aliens might not want to see such a world to develop to such capacity that would compete against their own world, and so destroying an undeveloped world as fast as possible would be the easiest thing to do.  Of course, we could not know what the aliens would think.  Perhaps some aliens out there prefer peace over war.  Perhaps, some aliens prefer to see the whole universe teems with colorful civilizations.

Personally, I think there could be aliens out there that are so developed and advanced to the point that they could hide in plain sight and we just don’t have the technology to see them.  Some aliens could be so advanced that they don’t need to colonize and change the ecosystem of a planet for survival because they could modify themselves to fit into any environment!  For all, we could know they could fly in a poisonous gaseous environment and would still feel like taking a stroll on a warm Sunday afternoon.

As we’re looking for a Goldilocks solar system to test our theory of finding existing alien life, these aliens may just be in plain sight but we won’t know it as we’re too focusing on the wrong environment.  In short, we’re guessing but we could be off for miles.  Perhaps, aliens don’t live in a Goldilocks environment?  Perhaps they are and they have the technology to prevent us from seeing them or seeing their solar system?

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I Think It’s Stupid To Think That It Takes Only 98 Healthy People To Sustain A Human Species

So, I’d just finished reading “How many humans would it take to keep our species alive? One scientist’s surprising answer” article and I was amazed that his answer is just only 98 healthy people.  Afterward, I scratched my head in doubts.  Obviously, these 98 people would band together to produce more offsprings so the population could grow larger.  Also, we could imagine that these 98 healthy people are the sole survivors of the planet earth since an apocalyptic event had wiped everyone else off the planet earth.  So, is it true that it would take only 98 healthy people to start the new seed of a lost civilization for generations to come?

I don’t think it is possible for 98 healthy people to redevelop a lost population/civilization!  In my opinion, if an event that could wipe out 99.999 percent of earth’s healthy population, how could we be so sure that the other 98 healthy people would last?  Furthermore, a much smaller group of people is going to be more susceptible to extinction since any number of unfortunate circumstances could reduce this small group into an even smaller group.  Of course, you can argue that these 98 healthy people are special since they survived the apocalypse and got a very good protective shelter such as they’re escaping the planet in a very capable spaceship.  Then again, the universe is so huge which harbors all sorts of danger — how could one know that these people would survive through one generation?

Of course, you could argue that space is very safe for a generation of people who travel in a very capable spaceship to begin a repopulation program which could last for generations to come.  Here I begin to doubt even more!  How could anyone know how long a spaceship would last?  Unless you have a crystal ball, I don’t think you could really know how long a spaceship would last.  I imagine a spaceship got some moving parts and all sorts of things that could go wrong at any moment.  I also imagine that space is a very lonely place, and so these 98 healthy people could suffer all sorts of depression.  It takes only one crazy depressive person to dwindle this group into a smaller group.  Thus, extinction is very near and dear!

I don’t like how one would think it takes only 98 healthy people to repopulate earth or sustain human species because this would encourage the crazies to believe that the other 99.999 percent of earth’s population is dispensable.  My argument is very real for the reasons I stated above.  Basically, I don’t think 98 healthy people could sustain a human species for there are too many variables that could dwindle this small group.  From human emotions to outside variables, any one of these variables that turn negative could greatly reduce this small group.  My answer is that I don’t believe 98 healthy people could actually sustain a human species!

Can The Universe Itself Be A Smart AI According To Some Higher Being’s Design?

In the last blog post “Can Our Universe Expand Forever Or Expand Then Contract Later Just So It Could Die?” I surmised that the universe (our universe among many others) could have been expanding and contracting according to how it got fed with external energy — where such force would have to wander outside our very own singularity.  Without such external nursery of energy, I surmised that our universe is like a quantifiable fish aquarium.  Nonetheless, we all know that even a human being could be intelligibly randomized things at will — thus I think according to the universe we’re sentient beings are the AI (artificial intelligent).  How about let me surmise some more and say that — what if the universe itself is a higher artificial intelligent force in which it could randomize things at will to expand and contract according to circumstances?

We human beings could only see the results of why the universe is expanding and contracting according to our very own whatever theories — but why would the universe do such a thing?  What’s the point of expanding or contracting?  Expanding to create more empty space for what?  Contracting is like a suicidal attempt of killing itself off so the existence of the universe itself would cease to exist.  Furthermore, perhaps the universe itself is like a smart TV or fishbowl/aquarium in which it was designed by a higher being.  This way the purpose of expanding and contracting won’t be the burden with which the universe has to carry.  This burden could be carried by the designer of the universe.

At this point, I think it’s more like a philosophical thinking than anything concrete on this matter, but it’s so intriguing nonetheless.  In my opinion, philosophical or not, it’s rather important for us sentient beings to dig deeper into our origin.  After all, if we could not remember how we’d come into being, then we would forever aimlessly forget about our root and forever lost — wandering in a dark forest (Three Body Problem’s sci-fi trilogy second book is also titled as The Dark Forest).  I think only when we could figure out our true root of how we’d come into the existence, it is then that we could evolve to be something greater.  Perhaps in such a quest, we could discover new technology to bring us to new heights; we could grow into even more capable and intelligent sentient beings.

Can Our Universe Expand Forever Or Expand Then Contract Later Just So It Could Die?

From Einstein E=mc^2 to the conservation of energy theory, these concepts agree that energy cannot be created nor destroyed — after all these energies existed since singularity (even before the big bang).  Thus, if I agree with these concepts, it means everything within this universe can be deconstructed into the smallest of the smallest possible units, and each of these smallest units could be counted individually in a way that if they’re to be reunited they could be constructed into the whole universe again.  The question is if this is the case, is our universe static in quantity?

I surmise there is another possibility!  What if the first scenario is true but there is one exception!  The exception is that outside of the singularity there is a bigger container that could feed more energy into the already constructed universe which we’re living in.  This could mean the quantity of our constructed universe could be changed according to the limitation of the larger container which contains our universe.  If this is the case it could mean that our universe could be shrunk in size and quantity by somehow shredding off existing energy and feeding the lost energy back to the larger container.

Relatively then, from within our universe, it could be that our universe is infinite since it could be expanded forever or be shrunk forever depending on the situation.  We don’t know the limitation of the larger container so we could only see the direction of our universe as an infinite expansion or infinite contraction relatively!  There’s a saying that nothing could last forever, and so we know that even the sun and anything else that exists within our universe got an expiration date.  I suspect that our universe could be expanded forever until the larger container stops feeding energy to our existing universe which would then allow this universe to contract and die off eventually!

Could We Colonize Space By Rearranging The Solar Systems?

Could it be that God truly exist?  If God isn’t really existed then luck must be it that earth could actually harbor life!  Our planet earth got really lucky in a way that it is not too close to the star (i.e., the sun) and it is not too far from the star either.  Other dead solid planets are not so lucky as they located too far from their star or too close to their star, thus their surface would either boil or freeze to the extreme temperatures.  Such extreme conditions would prevent life as we know it to exist.  Of course, there would always be the exception, but such an exception would be nothing like us humans!  Such aliens would not have any semblance to the traits that us humans are familiar with such as how life has existed here on earth.

I guess it’s safe to say that earth is either a miracle from God or it is truly lucky.  As our advanced telescopes peer into the endless darkness in space, we have discovered so many solar systems and galaxies.  Although we’ve found so many planets and stars and solar systems and galaxies, it seems the more we found the more we instill a belief in ourselves that we’re alone.

Through current scientific methods, we could only guess that there are some planets out there that could harbor life.  Perhaps we think such planets are locating in the comfort zone of their solar systems, thus providing the chance that these planets could harbor water.  Here on earth, life exists because of water.  We’re thinking that water on other planets too may allow life to go through an evolutionary process — developing alien life in the process.  Nonetheless, we could only guess and not so sure about our guess until we could deploy some sort of drones, robotics, and satellites to such planets.  Even better, we could deploy humans to such planets!

Unfortunately, the solar systems and planets we think that could harbor life are way too far for earth’s current technology to reach.  For an example, we could try to launch a rocket fuel vehicle toward Alpha Centauri system.  According to Earthsky’s “How Long to Travel to Alpha Centauri?” article, it would take 78,000 years for our current rocket fuel vehicle to reach this space system.  According to Wikipedia, Alpha Centauri System is the nearest star system to our solar system which is about 4.37 light years away from our solar system.  So, it seems our current space technology is way too slow for space traveling because even the closest solar system would take 78,000 years for a human space vehicle to reach it.

At the moment we could not be sure if life is actually existing anywhere in space.  We know for sure though life is existing here in our solar system because the earth is teeming with life.  If we want to confirm that life is actually existing elsewhere we have to develop space vehicles that could travel much faster.  Preferably, we want to develop space vehicles that could travel near the speed of light.  Only then that we could travel to Alpha Centauri space system in 4.37 years or so.

What’s the point of my rant so far?  Well, imagine an alien race that could be so advanced that their technology allows them to modify any space’s solar system to the way they like it.  Imagine the ramification of such technology!  Just imagine each planet and star like a pool ball on a pool table!  Imagine a pool table’s holes are the black holes, and if each ball got too close it would fall into a pool’s hole.  In reality, if a planet gets sucked into a black hole, it would be destroyed into pieces, I think.  Will the black hole spit out these shredded planets and stars later?  I don’t know!  Nonetheless, the idea is to imagine that space is dangerous and comfortability is very, very rare!  So if each pool ball travels too close, each pool ball would collide with one another.  In reality, a planet collides with another planet would be on the scale of the doomsday disaster.  If a planet collides with a star, it would be the destruction of the planet itself.  So, this alien technology that could modify the layout of the solar system would create the condition to harbor water and provide life as we know it.

Now, if we could develop such technology here on earth, we could go out into space and rearrange any solar system to our liking, making other planets to support life so we could have more earthlike planets out there in space.  This is one way I think we could colonize space and allow human species to exist much longer than the earth itself.  For an example, our earth could be dying someday, and so without such technology, we won’t be able to escape the dying earth — in such a process human species would die along with earth.  Instead of dying along with earth, humans should try to come up with technology that pushes planets and stars around to rearrange the solar system to how we like it.  It would be so easy to shoot the pool balls around on the pool table, but I guess it would take Godlike effort to do so with pool balls that are as large and as heavy as the planets and stars in space.  Furthermore, if the effort takes too long, the solar system itself could be destroyed!

Creative Thinking: We’re Just Some Experiments

Countless theories are filling the void of the emptiness we feel whenever we try to think of our origin.  When did we arrive?  How did we first exist?  How on earth had we survived but not the dinosaurs?  We know the dinosaurs existed for sure as we have dug up so many dinosaurs’ skeletons in our backyards.  We then ponder on how the dinosaurs were killed off.  What had killed off the dinosaurs but left us alive?  Or, did we come after the existence of the dinosaurs?  So on and so on we go, and we go off the rail with theory after theory, unsure of ourselves how on earth we really had come about to exist here on earth.

If I remember correctly, one theory suggests that a sizable enough chunk of space rock such as a meteor could have created a large enough impact on earth’s past to wreck so much havoc on earth’s past ecosystem, thus in the process, the monstrous size of the dinosaurs was the death-knell that killed off the dinosaurs.  Basically, the dinosaurs could not sustain their lifeforce while the earth’s ecosystem was in tattered.  Not enough foods were around to sustain the predators like the dinosaurs!

Whatever the theory may be, a meteor or an asteroid, diseases or God’s will, we would never be sure how the dinosaurs were extinct since we weren’t there to witness the hellish catastrophe.  How did we come into being?  It seems the whole human race is still having an amnesia because we don’t remember how we had come into being!

To play this guessing game, I like to suggest the most outlandish, on the par with sci-fi spirit, theory.  Imagine when the earth was still at its most primitive stage.  The dinosaurs were roaming freely.  They would feed on smaller preys and humans weren’t around at all.  Of course, I could imagine how ugly such a scene could be to see a dinosaur gnawing, crunching away on a live human, but luckily I think we weren’t around at the time when the dinosaurs roamed as kings.

My theory suggests an alien race descended onto the planet earth, killed off all dinosaurs, spared the more harmless cockroaches and few other harmless animals so the food sources could lay intact and the earth’s ecosystem could survive to nurse the next king of the planet.  The aliens then would create an out of this world experiment by planting human seeds at our most primitive stage to see how the whole planet earth would develop thereafter.  Perhaps, in the future, the aliens would then revisit our planet earth to check on their amazing experiment.  Would the whole human race survive or die off?  They could make a bet to each other while they’re making their way here on their super cool spaceship.

If anyone is making a movie, I think my theory is rather cool for such a prospect.  Don’t you think so?  Anyway, I think my theory seems to be way cooler than other theories that try to explain how the dinosaurs went extinct and how humans came into being on the planet earth!  Of course, my theory is way outlandish and got no proof to back the claim up, but how could you disprove that my theory is wrong when all other theories are just mere theories too.  Remember, we weren’t there when things got really ugly!