There are certain topics that always fascinate us. Aliens Ghosts and supernaturalism have to top the list, no matter if you are an atheist, scientist or a normal person like me, they will always entertain you and catch your attention. Deep inside we all want to know if they exist or are just figments of our imagination!!
If ghosts exists then imagine an alien landing and realizing that in this planet there are living beings and there are nebulas remaining of these living beings that sometimes tend to haunt the former. There are people who are believed to be able to communicate with these special “energy forms”!! Maybe there is a completely different dimension of space-time where they exist.. is it what is termed as heaven / hell in the ancient texts?? Maybe when the aliens do come here, they will understand! Maybe there are Alien ghosts as well.. we might never know!!
(don’t believe in Ghosts supernaturalism and rebirths?? read books by Dr.Ian Stevenson.. they offer a useful insight on the topic)
Say there is a life form intelligent and accomplished enough to travel so many light years and come to us, maybe they have already solved the problems with alternate dimensions, and parallel universes.!! they could even answer question boggling us right now?? Is time relative? is it experienced the same way on earth as on one of the planets circling around Proxima Centauri (the closest star to us besides the sun)??
Now all this is possible “only” if an alien happen to come to us, say contact us someway or come explore our planet?? what are the odds?? I would say the odds are almost nil ! we might never meet aliens !! not today.. not tomorrow not after a 1000 years.!
This whole hypothesis is based on the assumption that there are more intelligent beings out there..!! If you combine all our current knowledge of statistics and astronomy, it’s nearly comical to believe we’re the only intelligent life in the universe. It’s easy to get lost in the numbers thrown around – there are billions of stars and planets in our galaxy and billions of galaxies. I believe that humans are rather bad at fully understanding such large numbers. again this article is not purely based on science but on the need to think big. Even if aliens existed with the ability to travel such huge distances, we would be too insignificant to come and pay a visit.
Many scientists, including Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, said in an interview that aliens visiting us would be similar to Christopher Columbus first landing on North America (not a good event for native Americans). His idea being that they would come for our resources, not with any particular purpose of friendship. But then, If Stephen Hawking is right, then he is saying that a race of intelligent species have, at a minimum, perfected faster-than-light travel (or be willing to travel for several thousands of years at sub-light), conquering long-term biological effects of space radiation, and mastered extreme long distance space navigation just to come to earth and steal our water..?? that doesn’t seem right!!
Most of the views on aliens that common people have are based on movies/sci-fi novels. But they are only figment of our imagination. and our imagination is again under the shackles of “small” thinking!
Another idea that I entertain and question all the time is, that they come here for our resources. But this would the need to have an economic model in place. As in they have a need and value our resources . and this seemed the most economical choice?? Somehow, coming all the way, collecting the resources(and killing us in the process) and transporting it back is more economical than gathering the resources somewhere closer to them, or even making them at home??
it definitely is a possibility, but a very very difficult possibility!! both economically and technologically, because we are not talking about gathering a Kg or a Ton of “resources”, but gathering / harvesting enough to sustain them and their planet that is situated far far away!! we are even talking about transporting resources that are as big as our entire planet itself..!!
we are advancing in alchemy at our own phase. but this intelligent race might have mastered techniques that what we cannot even imagine in 1000 years to come. So say, we are so advanced to create matter from energy, and we have already mastered space travel and have mining expeditions in nearby plants, say mars and Venus and Pluto and all… so what seems more practical and cheaper? forge uranium and plutonium at home or send 1000’s of intergalactic spaceships warriors and of course miners to a far off planet??
Say, aliens won’t come to us, what if we go to them?? No offense but I don’t believe that we have even had a man landing on moon yet!! based on current technology the maiden trip to the closest star,other than our sun, Proxima Centauri will take at least a 1000 years!! We need to upgrade everything!! Propulsion, sustainability, radiation protection, nanotech – you name it, we still don’t have it. Our current system involves sending astronauts to space with enough air to sustain for a few weeks and bringing them back before they lose too much of bone mass. Spaceships are still propelled into outer space by putting bombs underneath them. so its safe to say that when it comes to space exploration, we haven’t even learned to “roll over” or “crawl” let alone “walk” or “fly”
Another important theory is what if they are coming here to colonize us?? well they would be advanced enough not to want any human slaves, so its safe to assume that we will all be vaporized before any alien lands on earth. But say they are in search of a colony to settle down in, the travel from their home to their “new prospective home” is definitely more than just a few light years away. Meaning the spaceships/pods that they travel in are advanced enough to provide them with all the resources required for an indefinite journey. When they are advanced enough to make such pods why can’t they just improve their “existing home”/planet to suit their need more. Well its true that living in mobile spaceships that endlessly travel through space is not as appealing as being able to “stand” on a planet. But how homely is coming and invading a new planet and starting everything from scratch?? definitely not as comfortable as living in their own ships. It’s even safe to assume that while their space-propulsion engineers were perfecting faster than light travel, they would likely have quite minimal external environmental needs. Stuff like air and food has long been “technologized” away.
So why would they come here?? When they can come this far, they are definitely not interested in whatever technology we have to offer, and biologically speaking all our advancements in medicine and agriculture doesn’t mean much to them!!
So the next question, what if they want to study us?? insert small probes into our brain and gods knows where else and study us?? well that seems a probable option, but if these aliens are on a study tour, we probably wouldn’t be the first life form they might have come across!! they would have visited other planets, met at-least some life forms similar to us, so statistically speaking, we might be interesting, but NOT THAT interesting
Ah.. another point, technology, today we all have computers and internet. But imagine telling someone in 1985 that in 30 years, you will have computers as small and thin as a notebook capable of doing what none of their chunky machines could do. Try telling them about google and internet ! 20 yrs back if you didn’t know something, you would look it up in the library. say 10 years back, we started googling it, now we can ask our smart phones almost anything and get a correct answer. We are already researching on wearable computers. the need to remember answers would be minimised by a great deal. why would you want to remember anything when you can just look it up.!! who knows, say in 100 years we will have our brains calibrated to google. Everyone knows everything!! needless to say the way we find our brains capabilities limited – and it leads a way to augmenting our brain, our thinking and finally augmenting who we are!!
How would you change if you had instant brain-level access to all information. How would you change if you were twice as smart as you are now. How about ten times as smart? (Don’t answer, truth is, you’re not smart enough to know).Remember the little grey aliens with large brains?? who says that all this augmentation won’t create different kind of human beings?? but the important question is why would an alien take all the time and effort to come see us??
Say they are advanced enough to travel faster than time, Let’s say they could use their super-advanced Hubble telescope, and see our solar system (at some point in the past). They’d see earth in the “most likely” zone for life. They’d know its land and atmospheric composition. They’d see it’s oceans and know the planet’s temperature variations. They’d see Jupiter acting as a bodyguard soaking up dangerous asteroids.Even today, if we saw such a solar system, we’d have a pretty good idea that life could be there. If our math, statistics and knowledge of other life forms was 1000 times more advanced, how accurately could we predict that the life forms there would have 2 nostrils? How close could we come to guessing exactly what those life forms would be like?And if we couldn’t get exact – how close would we care to? Does it really matter? In other words, with enough data and statistics (the foundation of what humans like to call “machine learning” or “artificial intelligence”) they already know we’re here. Just like we know there was water on Mars or high temperatures on Venus.!
Even with that however, we’re still thinking too small. The question of why aliens might “want to come here” is probably fundamentally flawed because we are forming that question from our current (tiny) viewpoint. The word “want” might not apply at all to someone 1000 times smarter than us.If we discovered a fish-like creäture on Europa today it would be fascinating for us to study it. If however, we were 1000 times smarter and had spent the last 1000 years finding fish-like creatures across the galaxy, and could with 99.99% accuracy predict the exact existence of such creatures from light-years away, it probably wouldn’t be all that interesting to go study another one.
The bottom line is that if an alien race is capable of getting here, all the other technology they’ve exquisitely developed in the meantime would make the trip unnecessary at best – and more than likely, simply meaningless.We’re just not as advanced or as important as we like to think. In the end, there’s no compelling reason to think they’d be interested in meeting us – we simply think too small.
another interesting thought is – Tourism. Tourism is why they would come to see us. The choice to do tourism is not about the resources and it is not economical (it is often really expensive!). Tourism has not logic, except to brag about it when you come home (I went to Earth. The flight is expensive, but when you are there, everything is cheap, and people are so nice!). For some people, tourism is not about going at the best place. This is to go where none of their friends have went before. And this is here! A possible reason why they might come.
The only reason I could think of is, if intelligent life can not coexist with another intelligent life form. We know that dolphins and whales are considered intelligent, and I agree, but they can hardly be considered any kind of competition for the human race. Its said that There were at least 2 other species of humans that coexisted with early Homo sapiens and now there is just us. I don’t know for sure that our ancestors wiped out the competition but I do strongly suspect that is the case judging from past and present behaviors. In short Hawking may be right and the only reason to visit would be to destroy us, and that would probably not be done personally but with machines designed to seek out new life forms and terminate with extreme prejudice, before we have the chance to do the same.
Maybe we’re really not smart enough to know of a reason why they would want to come here. Taking it all to the next level, imagine soul travel?? Spiritual form and not in physical form. Space traveling souls may carry knowledge for trade rather than physical things for trade between inhabited planets. A space traveling soul may leave a physical body behind on one planet, travel across space, and then be born into a physical body on another planet. That would solve all the physical problems of differences such as atmosphere and gravity, as well as immunity problems. Then, upon completing a mission, the alien soul returns to its original physical body it left on the planet it came from, or it is born into a new physical body. Soul travel might not be limited to the speed of light, vast distances instantly crossed.
Taking this one step further. Remember Avatar?? We use computers to create virtual reality. I suspect our physical universe is a virtual reality for spiritual beings living on worlds in the spiritual universe, such as perhaps a universe made of super-matter instead of matter. We are them in physical form. We are their avatars. They created us.!!!
As, Arthur C. Clarke wrote in the novel 2010: Odyssey Two: “All we can imagine is probably not half as crazy as the truth.” Of that I have no doubt. Perhaps we have found the aliens, and they are us.!!
Now where did we start this article?? ohh.. yes! Ghosts.. but hey why care about ghosts??they are creepy!! Aliens are way cooler!!