Aliens with super intellectual power may have possibly visited us discreetly on Earth but we were just too busy to notice their arrival. Sounds like a perfect sci-fi plot isn’t it? We all are well aware of the fact that the internet cannot handle any alien related news. As expected, this time too, the discovery of Silvano Colombano’s recent workshop paper has made the internet to go wild.
However, the white paper isn’t spot on new, it was uploaded to NASA’s technical reports servers in March this year. The papers were uploaded after a Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute workshop investigated a number of ideas on how we can detect extraterrestrial technology.
After this workshop, Colombano’s work is just one of the 21 papers that were made public, and certainly, this is the vital perspective that the other papers haven’t mentioned.
This paper for sure does not convey that NASA has a rock-solid evidence of extraterrestrial life. It also does not admit that there is an extraterrestrial activity on Earth.
As a matter of fact, the paper is a suggestion than a proclamation. It presents a succinct reason for why we should consider using new and more “aggressive” line of attack to find the trace of life in the Universe, as well as a “serious investigation” into UFOs as well.
But now as the news has hit the internet, we should take a closer look at Colombano’s propositions and try to understand them as well. He reasons that our current thinking regarding aliens is not broad enough, and we should not take UFOs lightly and scrutinize them more.
In a commencement address in 1980, Alan Ada once said that human suppositions are like our windows on the world: “Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
To cut a long story short, with his windex out Colombano is ready to go. He requests the scientific community to explore the Universe with a fresh perspective and ponder again on the most enjoyed assumptions regarding the alien life.
Colombano writes, “I simply want to point out the fact that the intelligence we might find and that might choose to find us (if it hasn’t already) might not be at all be produced by carbon-based organisms like us.”
His argument is pretty simple. The Kepler project recently identified other planetary systems in space that are as much as 11.2 billion-years-old.
As Colombano writes: “… our form of life and intelligence may just be a tiny first step in a continuing evolution that may well produce forms of intelligence that are far superior to ours and no longer based on carbon ‘machinery’.”
“That article is, shall we say, inaccurate in several ways! If you want to know what I think, read my book ‘Human Universe’. Roughly, I think microbes will be common but multi-cellular life and civilizations will be rare.”
— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) December 4, 2018
If NASA decides to take Colombano’s advice, it’s something we need to consider.