posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 04:13 PM
I remember as a kid reading a book that had illustrations and text describing would could be on each world through out the solar system.
Unfortionately I cannot remember the name. I do wonder how people are going to feel about the carbon/silcon life issue once a true A.I. has been given
birth by (pardon the pun) human hands.
I can see the impossiblities of heavy elements being a building block of life. Those can be ruled out immediately. However, I have wondered about
lighter metals (iron,copper,alluminum(sp?), and even hydrogen)
Could it also be possible that certain isotopes of the above mentioned materials (in addition to carbon, silicon, and perhaps phosphate) under a set
of conditions alien to us, produce an active, Self-Reiterating, self-compiling/bonding chain of reactions.
Until we have a glorious accident, made an AI, or somehow acquired a sample of ETI tissues/fluids it is likely to remain a game of guessing... just my