I have nothing to say right now, but letting you know that I like it, found it interesting, and will share my thoughts later, when I'm in the mood to actually sit down and read it. Most of it is what I think already, so it will be fun.
"I'll be back!"
If it IS infinite, then you can be sure there are alternate versions of yourself out there. Because you'd have time and space to evolve over and over and over again on infinite planets. That is just the most difficult thought of all. Infinity. Like, wow.
As for the whole paradox -- where are all the aliens? Space is really vast so in order to find us, they'd have mastered a way of traveling here, and that puts them in a much more intelligent place than us. We can't possibly understand why they might choose to not make contact.
One theory is, when we see a line of ants, we don't try to stop and talk to them and teach them maths, do we? Perhaps they observe us, perhaps they ignore us. We just might not be that interesting to them.
It's also mathematically probable that we live in an artificial reality (see Nick Bostrom) and if that's the case then we really can't make any assumptions about what lies beyond where we travel. Truman believed there was a big wide world out there til he hit the wall.
If you think about this too much tho you start to sound crazy.
If the universe is infinite and, so is time, than anything that can possibly happen has already happened.
If that is so, then we have already been alive, living this one, countless times.
If not, then why is there anything at all? Absolute zero is a perfect number and makes the most sense.
That sums up my thoughts on it in as few words as possible.
One thing is for sure, given what we know. There HAS to be other intelligent life out there given the magnitude of the universe and the odds. They may have different names for atoms and have a different periodic scale, but we are all speaking the same universal language and trying to figure this all out through objective cause and effect which never lies.
We should welcome our alien cousins, but they probably look at us as primitive apes who can't even accept ourselves, going to war, and flinging poo, and other weapons we have mustered. A drone is just an advanced form of flinging poo and claiming territory and dominance.
I'm a strong believer in aliens and I hope if we ever come into contact with them then they are of the peaceful sort. Or at least peaceful towards us.
One theory I've always considered for why we have never been contacted by aliens is the 'we are in a video game' theory. Maybe in our video game there are no aliens which is why we never meet them.
But that aside it's quite an interesting issue. I can only hope as our technology progresses that we make some major advances in our quest to find alien life, and maybe if we're lucky we might even get to meet aliens before we die.
Well, if any other thoughts on the topic occur to me then I'll be sure to mention them.
'How are you?'
'I'm awake.' *Performs a reality check*
As my favorite metaphysics teacher Bashar says, there are hundreds of extraterrestrial species currently observing Earth from a safe distance, but 'Who wants to land in the middle of an insane asylum where inmates have guns.'
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As Rebecca pointed out, if the universe is infinite, if you travel far enough you will eventually encounter an exact replica of Earth, with an exact replica of yourself, having also experience the same life to the minutest detail. Mathematically, this scenario naturally arises because our universe has physical laws and constants which permit a finite number of ways in which matter can be arranged. If space-time is infinite, replication is virtually inevitable. It would be an amazing coincidence to us and some would probably jump to the conclusion that it is no coincidence. In fact, it would be very natural and logical in the grand scheme of things...
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A book has been written on this, speculating on how the world would evolve day by day after such a disclosure: "A.D. After Disclosure" By Richard Dolan, 2012
I find that stuff most fascinating.
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