High Strangeness: Lost in the Stars

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lost in the Stars

"Saturn as seen from Titan" (1952) by the incomparable Chesley Bonestell

A friend sent me a great link this morning to the works of Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb and his musings on life in the universe. This recent article is so full of fascinating ideas about the possibility of life on other planets that it's going to take a few days of pondering and puzzling for me to sort it all out... Fantastic reading for anyone who considers him- or herself part of the WANA crowd (that stands for "We Are Not Alone," and unless I'm very much mistaken, I just now created that acronym).

 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/science/avi-loeb-ponders-the-early-universe-nature-and-life.html?_r=0

I find it very comforting to know that even as the raging storm of stupidity over the so-called "Roswell Slides" continues to grow, there are serious people like Avi Loeb thinking about alien life in ways that are inspiring, not embarrassing.

2 comments:

purrlgurrl said...

Great piece. Reawakened the frequent thought that our definitions of life are simply too narrow and anthropocentric. We developed all of them by looking in the mirror. We won't find life elsewhere until we let go of all our preconceptions about what life is and how it impacts and relates to its environment.

Mark OC said...

I couldn't agree more purrlgurrl. I'm glad you got so much out of the article!