It has been said that given a large enough number of monkeys all typing on typewriters over billions of years, the entire works of Shakespeare would be reproduced at some point in time simply by random chance. I really don't believe that statement. But it does approach the question: Is there life on other planets? If so, then is it life similar to our own and possibly evolved intelligence similar to our own.
The Universe as we now know it has an almost infinite number of stars in it. No one here actually knows how many worlds similar to the Earth are in existence out there. We are speaking of not just a galaxy but a huge number of galaxies that are not even all discovered yet.
The enormity of the Universe is beyond my comprehension. It is so big. We are like a grain of sand on a beach. It is a big beach. There are a lot of grains of sand just exactly similar to the one we are on. Perhaps a better ratio would be one grain of sand on a continent wide dessert. Even that number is probably low.
Our witch doctors(scientists) think the Universe started about 13.5 billion years ago as a compact gravity well so intense that it could have been smaller than the Earth. It might have been smaller than a grain of sand. I call them witch doctors for a reason. We do not have all the facts. A lot of what we do have is disputed. Religions are based on faith. Witch Doctors have faith. So do scientists. Scientists with tenure at our Universities are restricted in what they are allowed to teach and believe. They think the universe is roughly 50 billion light years across. Since light travels at 186,125 miles per second give or take a little, that is an enormous distance. Now how they come up with a figure of 13.5 billion years old, is beyond me. It doesn't add up in a Universe traveling at a maximum speed of light.
I think in such a universe we either have to guess that light is not the maximum speed or that objects travel in such a way that there is a shortcut somewhere. In science fiction they call that dimensional plain, Hyperspace. It is a strange place where our rules do not apply.
When a huge explosion of a star occurs like a Super Nova, there is an enormous amount of energy traveling outward from the center of the explosion. The matter appears to disappear, then reappear many light years away. So there is probably cause here for a hyperspace universe interacting with our own. (For definition purposes only: a dimension is like width, height, depth. A combination of dimensions including the above plus directional time is called a Plain. A plain can consist of more than 4 dimensions, I do not know any limit on the number of dimensions.)
Is there life on other planets like our own?
If so, why haven't they visited Earth? That is anyone's guess. My own suggestion is that more advanced lifeforms than our own probably have visited our planet occasionally in the past. When, where, how, what they looked like, I have no idea.
The real problem with visitation I have is space. I think space is enormous. I think unless someone has superior knowledge of space travel that allows short cuts like hyperspace, then the distances involved suggest creatures with extremely long lifespans willing to spend those lifespans traveling from one star system to another.
The engineering problem with space travel to other stars is time. As you approach the speed of light according to our scientists, time has to slow down on the spaceship interior. If you visited all the systems in our immediate neighborhood of say 25 light years. By the time you got back, time here would have progressed something like 1,500 years. That means everything and everyone who you said good bye to is now dead. Probably your entire nation has evolved or died. Certainly we have had a lot of different social cultures in 1500 years. It might have been 30 years to the space traveler. But it would have been a lot longer to everyone else.
That begs the question of what motive would someone have in traveling to the stars. Everyone that sponsored such a trip would be long dead before they ever got back.
I pulled the 1,500 year figure off the top of my head. It could have been any number in that range. That is because we do not have an exact knowledge of the physics involved.
Have aliens visited our planet? Most likely. More probable is that if they have they are much further advanced than we are.
We are just beginning to understand the nature of things in this Universe. Everything that we know today about physics and biology is probably only half true. Our progression of knowledge in the last half century alone has been staggering.
The current popular theory is Quantum Mechanics. Evidence shows that the Bible is probably dead on in a lot of things. The Bible also says everything is Vanity. Quantum Mechanics leads us to believe we may actually be in a holographic universe. Like I have said, all the facts are not in. Neither do I expect all the facts to be in anywhere soon. It is all guesswork.
I just hope we survive long enough to learn the beautiful and intricate Universe our God has provided us with. I for one would love to sit with Jesus at his feet and as a child learn from him about the nature of our Universe and his father, our God. But then he would have to enable me to have the brain to comprehend it. Because it is truly larger than anyone I know can understand.
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