Originally Posted by KE6SHJ
If astronomers do dedicate substantial resources to detecting an Earth-like planet...
Now this is very interesting. Perhaps we are not alone in this vast emptiness known as the universe.
I suppose ever since Galileo, people have looked skyward and wondered, “Are we alone?” To narrow the question a bit, lets ask, “Is there other intelligent life out there?” My personal opinion is that it is highly unlikely and even if there is, our likelihood of making contact is beyond remote. As we seek to find another Earth, consider:
- This “Earth-like” planet would need to be orbiting a medium intensity star.
- It would need to be in orbit at an optimum distance from its star.
- It would need to rotate. (Not continuously facing, as our moon does to Earth.)
- It would need an atmosphere to protect life from cosmic and solar radiation.
- It would need to have water. (That water would have to be liquid.)
- It would need to have “developed” and sustained life.
Many scientists conclude that the existence of Earth’s atmosphere is a miracle in itself. Other known planets having a similar composition and structure developed atmospheres using these same elements that combined to consist of ammonia, methane, molecular hydrogen, sodium, etc., while Earth’s atmosphere consists of (inert) nitrogen with a non-poisonous ratio of oxygen and other gases. (See http://www.earthmatrix.com/extract62/mercury.html
for an alternate discussion)
By far, the greatest improbability would be the existence of life in any form. Even if life were given to exist, consider this: How many forms of life exist on Earth?” (See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20109284/
for a discussion where scientists estimate that 90% of Earth’s life forms remain undiscovered.)
Of all the life forms on Earth, how many possess the intelligence and ability to build an R-F transmitter? We may thus conclude that discovering “intelligent” life would require several “miracles” of nature.
It is my opinion that these miracles of Earth, it’s atmosphere, it’s water, it’s life and most importantly, human life is a creation of our supernatural God in His divine design. If He has indeed created other life on other planets, He has chosen not to reveal that information to us. It would therefore be irrelevant inasmuch as we are concerned. A better use of our energies would be to discover a greater understanding of God’s Word to us and our relationship to Him.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.