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Will to Life

12 Feb, 2008 | Brian

I quote:

Astronomers Mark Swain and Gautam Vasisht of Caltech in Pasadena, US, and Giovanna Tinetti of University College London, UK, used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the giant planet HD 189733b, which is slightly more massive than Jupiter and lies 63 light years from Earth. The observations confirm an earlier tentative detection of water vapour and reveal the presence of methane gas.

Source: Newscientist.com

I tend to be against the Drake equation, or any other equation regarding the probability of alien life. Instead, perhaps going against reason, I subscribe to the notion more-or-less put forward by Stephen Baxter, that life is, in fact, everywhere.

My evidence for this opinion, such that it is, derives from the sulfide-eating communities surrounding hydrothermal vents in the deep Pacific, as well as other extremophile entities. Life has a will. On an essential philosophical level, I tend to think the Universe has a will to Life, if that makes any sense. More from a theoretical physics standpoint, of all the universes that could be, those that have 3+1 dimensions are the most conducive to life, and of those, there will be some that are more or less conducive. Given what seems the excessive adaptability of life on Earth, I feel confident in positing that given any kind of foothold at all, life will persist, i.e., our Universe is on the side of conducive for life. It appears that in our Universe, you can throw just about any vaguely life-like arrangement of atoms together and they will find a way to arrange themselves and start replicating. DNA molecules seem to seek each other out in a petri dish, for crying out loud.

A will to life, I say.

P.S. Granted, Newscientist is not the most reputable of publications in the scientific community. But here I think they made a fair report.

Ed: Now, me, I say I look forward to the day when we observe with a robot submersible a hydrothermal colony on Europa, or some strange cryo-thriving coral in the Kuiper belt.

P.P.S. Yes I know the Drake equation is about intelligent life. But when (not if) we find conclusive evidence of life outside our Earth, I believe we will be forever spurred on by the wonder of that.