posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 05:18 AM
reply to post by lostbook
I find the statement "We have the power to find alien life" a little misleading. What they have, is the power to ascertain whether a specific blob
of likely looking planet, has something we would recognize as life upon it. I hardly think that these things amount to the very same thing.
If they had the power to find alien life, then they would have a machine in the offing, or on a drawing board someplace, which had the power to detect
life at a massive distance. However, the problem with such an assumption, is that until we get out there and have a butchers, there is no way of
knowing what life on other worlds is like. We only have our limited experience as a species to go on, in informing us of what we think life means,
what it is, what it does.
So whatever process or mechanism, by which they intend to confirm or deny the existence of life in a given region of space, or on a given planet,
must rely heavily on a very limited sample of life in this galaxy, to inform its identification process. I believe that this is a flawed approach. The
idea of using a long range identification method at this stage in our understanding of the contents of the universe in terms of life forms, seems
wasteful at this point to me. In my view, any results it obtains, positive or negative, will be proven ill informed, misleading, or just plain wrong,
when it comes to a point where we can finally lay a foot upon the alien worlds concerned.