“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”
Due to the shear numbers, there are almost certainly other planets capable of supporting at least some form of life. If that is so, then for Earthlings to be the very first species ever to make a noticeable mark on the universe, from a statistical perspective, is incredibly unlikely.
“They could be staring us in the face and we just don’t recognize them. The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology.”
Lord Martin Rees, a leading cosmologistRead more at www.dailygalaxy.com
S.M.’s take at:
Mickel Adzema says:
Biologically Constituted Realities: An Anti-Anthropocentric (Species-Relative) and New-Paradigm Perspective at http://bit.ly/biolreal:
ABSTRACT: Our particular biological set creates our human world, which sets it apart from that of all other known living organisms. Our sciences are extensions of our senses, but only that, since we are predetermined to extend ourselves in only the ways conforming to our biological paradigm— i.e., we cannot “see” in “areas” that we could not think even to “look.”
So unless we assume some sort of magical correspondence between percept and datum, or some arrogant presumption of preeminent status for our species (unfortunately encouraged by our Judeo-Christian conceptual baggage) —either of which are incompatible with a truly scientific attitude and with the manner of endeavor into knowledge that has proven useful to us, we must conclude that our “brute facts” of reality are species-specific, that reality is species-relative, and that our reliance on our species-specific “discoveries” of “reality” for anything other than a limited and “species-relative” truth is evidence of a species arrogance and an anthropocentrism that we need to strive to overcome for any true understanding to be possible….