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Today's 'Galaxy' Insight --"An ET Technology Beyond Matter?"

 

 

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"Are matter and information all there is? Five hundred years ago the very concept of a device manipulating information, or software, would have been incomprehensible. Might there be a still higher level, as yet outside all human experience, that organizes electrons? If so, this "third level" would never be manifest through observations made at the informational level, still less at the matter level. We should be open to the distinct possibility that advanced alien technology a billion years old may operate at the third, or perhaps even a fourth or fifth level -all of which are totally incomprehensible to the human mind at our current state of evolution in 2012."

Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, best-selling author of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence and Director of The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University– a cosmic think tank that tackles the “big questions” of existence, ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin of life and the nature of time.

 

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Comments

Anything is possible I guess but if there truly are 200 billion galaxies out there it stands to reason the possibility of 200 human intelligent like aliens are doing their thing while we do ours but all are unable to make contact due to the vast distances.....................the search continues

the article is very short-sighted. If humans has developed technology that 500 years ago was incomprehensible, imagine the results of a civilization that has been around 10,000 years or a billion years as the article states - they could have created their own universe at some point or entered another multiverse - leaving this 3Dimensional universe behind.

Thunder, there are a minimum of 200Billion galaxies, each galaxy contains between 100b to 300 billion stars (think individual solar systems) - it boggles the mind how much life may be out there, or how many advanced civilizations there may be - just in the Milky Way alone

Bob, I just picked 200 for arguments sake, I realize there could be many many alien civilizations or there could be.......none

True, we don't know, what we don't know.

I do know that this is at least one intelligent civilization in the universe - so NONE is not an option :)

haha

Spinoza said that God-or-Nature has infinitely many attributes, two of which are extension and thought. By extension he meant what we call physical reality. This matches neatly with Davie's dichotomy of matter/information. Spinoza said that God-or-Nature has infinitely many other attributes, but we know only those two.

Bob Evans: are you entirely sure that ours is an intelligent civilization? We say that we are, but we're biased. I think that you cannot _prove_ that there is any intelligence in the universe whatsoever, including ourselves.

"I think that you cannot _prove_ that there is any intelligence in the universe whatsoever, including ourselves." Said the person extending the effort to intelligently argue with Bob.


oligonicella: well yes, but there _might_ be intelligent life in the universe, or even here, or even you and I. So why not look for it? What have you got to lose?

What should be the dfference between a computer chip and 10 grams of water; what if every piece of matter is computing an infinite number of source codes.
The key to use all of that computing power may be the way by which our brain could connect to reality.

Well, ET's could be using dark matter as energy source in the form of dark energy... no reason to try conquering other planets and exploiting their resources when they are already exploiting the universe and ripping it apart, right?

Since anything is Matter therefore technically the article title is not possible.
Anyway it is fully possible to exist into a form different from the form which we know it.
The base of the life is the information. If anything can transmit manful information on it's own then it is alive.
The current form we are occupying is connected deep into the roots of the evolution, and a lot of peoples still excluding the possibilities of another roots of evolution. For instance if the very first life node is entangled simultaneously some billions of atoms across the galaxy, and they can develop further into more entanglements connected - then therefore we have a life organism. Thus - that we are not understanding it's way of transmitting information is another story.

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