Perhaps beings in the universe do eventually evolve into energy or other 'different', higher state of body, if you can call it a body. I mean every
being needs a 'container' to be in, so that it can interact with its surroundings.
You see where I'm going with this. I guess what sometimes confuses me is this relatively "narrow" view of all the different ways that
intelligent life could potentially manifest itself. In fact it would seem that the disc shaped "space ship" with some means of propulsion would be
the least practical way to make one's way through the universe.
I've been wondering about this for as long as I've been interested in extraterrestrials. Why is it always humanoids? Why do people who allegedly had
a contact with them always report them to have a head, two legs and two arms? Why not a floating sphere of gas inside a membrane instead? Or a bloody
flying plaice, or an eel-like being with little trundles underneath it so it moves in a funny way.
The only realistic idea I can come up with is that there is some sort 'success formula' for a species. Basically, it goes like this - unless you
have two legs, a waist and a head, you're out of the game mate.
You will be defeated in the process of natural evolution.
Sorry, I'll try to get back on topic...
Why can't any intelligent "alien" life form be manifested as light?
Or be so small as to have spaceships the size of quarks?
Or be intelligent bacteria?
1) Technologically 2) Naturally
1) I think it may be impossible to move a soul from a body to another body technologically. Another body in this case would be light as you say,
photons perhaps, or some other exotic form of waves-particles that is similar to photons.
So why impossible? You need to dig deep to answer this one.
What ties your soul to your brain? (since I believe it's a fact that the brain is the
main bit, other body parts can be easily changed)
Can you replace parts of your brain with artificial microscopic replacements? You replace one part of the brain, you replace another one, until the
brain is completely artificial and microscopical (thus you can 'mount' it into a quark size spaceship, as you said). Is it the same being? Will it
think the same way? Will it remember everything since its natural biological birth (coming out of a mother's womb, in our case)? But the main
question is - if you replace the brain bit by bit, will the soul still be there? Will it be able to love and feel emotions?
I could go on with these phylosophical questions forever... So I'll just stop in the middle now.
Otherwise you can create some advanced form of intelligence (if you wanna create it, not transfer an existing being) and put it in a microscopic
mothership that's capable of FTL speeds.
But it's just gonna be a program, a computer program. How do you know it will have a soul? Yes, an
intelligent being the size of a bacteria, just like in your question. But is really a being
or a program
? If it is true AI. Does it
really feel or just simulate emotions?
2) Exotic forms of life natural in origin? I think there may be things taken into account that we are not aware of. For example a civilization cannot
keep evolving for an eternity. Either it collapses and the beings go back to stone age, or there is a wall that you bump into while evolving. When the
body finishes evolving, it becomes a perfect container for a soul. Then the being evolve only spiritually. I mean take humans for example. We've been
evolving for millions of years. Technological progress is moving in a geometrical progression. I don't think this kind of 'evolving' can go on
forever. Of course there are numerous things in the Universe that we can learn about and discover but is that what you call evolving? What is
I haven't finished expressing all my thoughts, but this monologue could go on forever (and I'm also out of characters
)... I mean seriously - I
could write a bloody book