Why aliens don’t visit us

Posted: June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

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You may remember the excitement in the scientific community recently when some scientists claimed to have come across data suggesting that neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light. That would have had dramatic consequences for our understanding of physics, effectively overturning many of our most fundamental assumptions but also opening up a world (universe?) of intriguing possibilities. Turns out, though, that this was not to be: CERN admits faulty kit to blame

While it’s comforting to know physics can proceed with its assumptions intact, I also take it as a sobering reminder of the fact that we may remain in a very isolated state here on Earth. There are fascinating discoveries these days of planets, even possibly inhabitable ones, in solar systems beyond our own, but the distances between us and them remain measured in light years. This makes them effectively unreachable for you and me if the speed of light is an insurmountable obstacle and relegates them to no more than curiosities – tantalising ones, but forever beyond the realms of experience.

This, to be honest, is what makes me so sceptical of the ever popular stories of alien visitations and abductions. I’m not discounting the possibilities of alien life elsewhere in the universe, but the limits we find imposed on us would be no less applicable to them. Could it be a deliberate decision of the Creator for this life, I wonder, to allow for multiple worlds but to keep them ever apart? No chance of a galactic Babel, then, I guess!

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