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originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: gortex
I always wonder at these new discoveries which take your breath away but I am stuck with the concept that our solar system and the way its made gives earth life. Could we exist with any other 'layout'. Our time is measured by the exact distance of our planet from our sun, (exactly right not too close to burn us or farther out and we would freeze). We couldn't exist without the work the moon does in moving our oceans to stop stagnation and other things necessary for our lifeforms, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune shield us pretty well from incoming disasters. We rotate on an axis that a few more degrees tip and we would all fly off etc. Life in our solar system is so precise to protect us fragile beings that surely we would need an identical solar system for a similar life form to exist and how likely, despite all the billions of stars is that?
originally posted by: Answer
Wormholes, dude... wormholes.
originally posted by: Toblakai
a reply to: Asynchrony
I think I read something like that in a Peter Hamilton book. An alien civilization developed the ability to move entire planets (like you stated) and had dozens of planets circling a star. Can't remember the book unfortunately.
I think when it comes to this kind of subject we shouldn't place any restrictions on the possibilities. Our understanding of the Universe and life in general is so shallow and incomplete it borders on the ludicrous.