The National Geographic Channel is airing a special on Sunday at 8 p.m. entitled “Extraterrestrial”. This from the Houston Chronicle article:

National Geographic commissioned scientists from universities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif., to create a likely scenario of what life might look like elsewhere.

The “creators” of these worlds are astrophysicists, biologists, biomechanists and astronomers who combine their knowledge with sophisticated 3-D and other special effects to create two planets they believe could exist in our own Milky Way galaxy.

I’m always intrigued by the interpretation of many in the science community of what life on other planets would mean to our way of life. Life, if found elsewhere, would be a discovery of historic and colossal proportions. If we ran across a single-celled microbe on Sirus-7, it would be the discovery of all discoveries. Life on other planets would be a miracle.

Then, turn their telescope around and point it toward life here on Earth, and it’s chalked up to some screwy accident. I can only conclude this: If that were the stereo of a single-celled microbe from Sirus-7 keeping the astronomer awake at night, in front of them in the “10 items or less” line with 37 things, or repossessing their hybrid car, the microbe would also be labeled as an “accident”. Give it time…


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