In the dark space between galaxies, scientists discovered a kind of relic radiation which supports the idea of a large explosion responsible for the observable universe (whether some like it or not, this supports the Big Bang theory - there really was an unimaginably massive explosion!!).
This radiation is uniform in all directions. Roughly the same levels of energy are observed between two areas even if they are a gazillion light-years or even parsecs apart. Some might think of this as an amazing coincidence but I say it is only a natural occurrence in the universal "well". I'm going to go on a red tangent here to address some of the issues raised by Ty8200 before arriving at the alien debate...I like describing our universe like a well. A well where cause and effect reigns no matter how magical what happens in it seems. Like quantum entanglement or "spooky action at a distance" which seems to violate the light speed limit rule.
But the Pauli Exclusion Principle (sorry for the physics jargon again but look it up if you have to) is the reason why we don't fall through the floor and states that in the universal well, two electrons of seemingly the same energies are not exactly the same and cannot occupy the same quantum state. One might say that an individual electron "knows" the state of every other electron in the universe and thus adopts the most probable state. But the electron is not a conscious entity and there is no magic at play here. I could go on with the jargon and quote formulae that looks alien to everyone but there is a simpler way to look at this via analogy: imagine that the universe is a bowl of marbles and these marbles are making contact inside... now, imagine that you remove one of the marbles... you can see that, with such removal, the pressure from the other ones would push or force another to fill the gap that was left behind - and lo and behold, the whole system is affected!!.
This is how electrons "know" what one another is doing even if they are light-years apart. It's the interconnection of particles that force them to adopt integer and half-integer spins in a pool of waves where peaks and troughs add or cancel each other out in the probabilistic framework...
Yes, I love science...
... sorry... but I can also be cool!
It is not hard, then, (and I'm getting to the alien thing!) to envisage that, as atomic structures became more complex in the development of the universe, similar lifeforms would emerge and evolve in similar ways. Life is quite diverse here on Earth anyway. There are many Earth-like planets out there, and, what's more, they are even considering looking into "inhospitable" planets as there is a chance that extremophiles might have had a chance to evolve into complex lifeforms overtime.
In saying all of the above, and considering the vastness of what we can observe in the universe, the odds favour the notion that we are not alone
. Science acknowledges this and hence why we have programs like SETI. If one day we come across intelligent lifeforms out there, our best bet is to use the language of mathematics to communicate with them. The film Contact
starring Jodie Foster is quite educational. The issues surrounding religious fanaticism, the belief in a higher power or God, who should represent the human race (a theist or an atheist?) and how the world would react at the discovery of an alien civilisation are clearly addressed there.
More chances of finding alien than God.
On the "higher power"... it depends what you mean by it - in which case we may be talking semantics here. The higher power term can be used for something conscious that exists but may not necessarily have created anything and may not even be transcendental - even if the aliens give us a transcendental impression!!
Usually, things are not what they seem and it is very easy to see magic in that which you don't yet understand. Imagine showing a mobile phone or a computer to someone in 50 AD!! This goes back to what I was saying about children and how impressionable they are.
Oops, I left the forum for a few days and I've been thrown to the sidelines
Anyway, yes. I get what you are saying about the electrons.
I have a very weird feeling in my head (no, it's not the feeling of my first thought, Summerlander). It's sort of an... indescribable feeling. I have it when pondering the true reasons we exist. Not just us, everything. The whole picture. How everything
is. And the feeling arises when I let go. When I realize that there's nothing I can do to know. It's a freeing feeling. I almost feel certain detachment. A release from something... It's hard to describe. It's a part of my "believe in everything, believe in nothing" state of mind. It's the simplest and most complex state. But I would have it no other way. For me, it's the truest thing to believe. Maybe I was born different, since I seem so different. It seems everyone needs answers. But we can only do so much as humans. Who's to say we're right. Even the brightest minds can make an error we go on for the end of humanity. For all we know, we could be dreaming. Think of it. If you never awoke from a dream, you would consider it your reality. Perhaps this life is a dream, and when we die, we awake only to have another. Perhaps who I'm typing to this very moment doesn't even exist. It's all truly possible. Perhaps not in this dream, but when we awake.
Very interesting to me. Maybe we are just piles of bones and organs that exist for the sake of random occurrence. Maybe not. Maybe the entire universe we know is a figment of our imagination. Maybe not. I choose to believe in this way because it's the one thing I can be sure of. Science is also very interesting to me, but it doesn't fall outside my belief. I feel harmony, in one word. That is the feeling.