The Thing About Discovery

Scientific efforts to discover and understand the origins of humans or life itself have gone on for centuries. Each time a new and sophisticated theory comes along, it often topples older theories. Sometimes these new discoveries serve to assist later work and help in further understanding our physical world. Perhaps what is most interesting to me is with each generation of scientist comes a new understanding of things they can see or test but with a very limited connection to those ideas which aren’t readily provable.

It’s not unusual for people of science to scoff at new ideas or ones that existed before them if there wasn’t proof on hand. Such was the case when in 1905 Einstein explained the motion of atoms and proved what physicist Ludwig Boltzmann was ridiculed for in his explanation of atoms. Many said they did not exist and would never be seen experimentally. This short sightedness can’t be criticized too extensively, since most of us suffer from that in other less technical aspects of our lives.

People should therefore realize when a scientist with credentials as significant as Stephen Hawking proposes life exists for a brief period and when the brain dies, that’s the end, he has his limitations too. It doesn’t mean his or anyone else has the last word on science or matters beyond which we can see. It simply means they have discovered and analyzed things to the best of their ability and have proposed workable theories to explain their understanding.

In my opinion it’s foolish to think that life doesn’t exist elsewhere. That would be a very self centered viewpoint. Furthermore I believe many answers to questions beyond scientific review are still awaiting each of us in the future. This video provides an explanation of the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe can exist. It has nothing to do with UFO’s, space aliens or religion, so it’s probably not going to be conversational fodder on a late night talk show.

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Michio Kaku On Physics & Aliens