PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 17
Article views: 407
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

Is intelligent life unique?

16 July 2012, 13:45
IS  INTELLIGENT LIFE UNIQUE?

I believe that intelligent life may be unique to our Earth but has the potential to spread Throughout the galaxy and beyond it.- Indeed the emergence of complexity could be near its beginning.  If the searches conducted by SETI (THE SEARCH FOR EXTRA TERRESTIAL INTELLIGENCE)  Continue to come up with nothing, that could render life a cosmic sideshow: indeed it would be a boost to out self esteem. Terrestrial life and its fate would be seen as a matter cosmic significance.

Even if intelligence is now unique to earth, there is enough time ahead of itto permeate at least this galaxy and evolve into a teeming complexity far beyond what we can conceive.    

There is an unthinking tendency to imagine that humans will be around in 6 billion years to watch the sun flare up and die.    

But the forms of life and intelligence that have by then emerged will surely be as different from us as we are from bacterium. That conclusion would follow even if future evolution proceeded at the rate at which new species have emerged over the past 3.5 or 4 billion years. But post human evolution (whether of organic species or artefacts  will proceed far faster than the charges that led to human emergence, because it will be intelligently directed rather than the gradual outcome of Darwinian natural selection.  Changes will drastically accelerate  in the present century - through intentional genetic modifications, targeted drugs, perhaps even silicon implants in the brain.   

Humanity may not persist as a single species for longer than a few more centuries, especially if communities have by then become established away from earth.   

But a few centuries is still a millionth of the sun’s future lifetime - and the universe probably has a much longer future. The remote future is squarely in the realm of science fiction. Advanced intelligences billions of years hence might even create universes. Perhaps they’ll be able to choose what physical laws prevail in their creations. Perhaps these beings could achieve the computational ability to simulate a universe as complex as the one we perceive ourselves to be in.    

My belief may remain improvable for billions of years. It could be falsified sooner - for instance, we or our immediate post human descendants may develop  theories that reveal inherent limits to complexity. But it’s a substitute for religious belief and I hope it’s true


Acknowledgements: MARTIN  REES;  professor of cosmology and AstrophysicsMaster of Trinity College at the university of Cambridge, Holds title of Astronomer Royal.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jairajh Bhemnarayan
Fees must fall getting stranger b...

Reading this article makes one wonder that universities got no money to subsidise students fees but they have money to hire security and others to protect themselves. Read more...

0 comments 1299 views
Submitted by
Lindie Langa
Hillary Clinton Trumped Donald

Apart from being entertaining, the man lacks Presidential poise and diplomacy, and his utterances (I can't say they qualified as arguments, as they were mostly narcissistic, untrue and not factual). Read more...

0 comments 670 views
Submitted by
Isaac Mokgopo
If it is not safe for everyone ju...

Though we support the fees must fall movement or campaign, as a South Africa citizen I am totally against the burning of properties of the university by protesting student.  Read more...

0 comments 260 views
Submitted by
Bhofela Afrikander
Private healthcare greed threaten...

I gave private health care a blank cheque so they can give me a healthy baby from my wife. Within 6 days of delivery, I took home a dead baby.  Read more...

0 comments 285 views
Submitted by
Colin Webster452
And this is how an esports summit...

The 2-day World eSports Summit 2016 will gather over 300 senior/top executives from worldwide eSports regulatory bodies, federations/alliances, clubs/teams, local sports bureaus, eSports competition operators, game publishers, live streaming platforms/TVs, media, software/hardware/solution providers and cyber bars. Read more...

0 comments 64 views
Submitted by
Logical Knowledge
Study for Free - Work for Free

If you want free education for 3 or 4 years, then you can work for free for the government for 3 or 4 years. We are in dire need of educated people making a contribution to our country's intellectual economy.  Read more...

0 comments 469 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2016 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.