Kepler and Astrobiology: The Search For Life
A moment ago I included this video in this article, but I felt it deserved to be singled out a pretty powerful segue for anyone to understand the significance of our
significance existence when illuminated by the cosmic perspective.
There are some pretty bleak roads ahead of us as a species while the universe waits for us to mirror the dominant and variable biodiversity that flourishes on this planet. We’re the only organic inhabitants which rationalize their own irrationality, riddled with confliction, self doubt, severe mental health disorders, all led by this wonderful brain, naturally selected for these bodies, which determines our direction, but insist on preservation of self at any means necessary (and as our minds are easily swayed as they are directive), even at the risk of causing global shifts to the planet, charting a nearer course to extinction.
Presented these complex brains, ignorance has become our ignorance. A flawed but adaptable species with much promise. And if disrupted or annihilated, life will continue to persist along a familiar, but new evolutionary path.
It’s a slow process. However, it’s quite obvious that we are living amidst one of the most fascinating and humbling times in our planet’s short history, where yes, as Carl said, “we’re exploring other worlds,” and doing much more than that. I remember the first time I found out that we discovered these new distant worlds. I wondered how quickly we’d be able to advance toward understanding their chemical composition, and ultimately - peering into these worlds. Sure, you can speculate and with imagination, convince yourself that you rationally can contemplate the existence of life throughout the universe, let alone our own galaxy, which still hits close to home, but not as much as actually spotting one with our own eyes, brought forth and magnified by our emerging science, technology and curiosity, personified by our ability to truly, never stop searching for answers.
Even across the vastness of space, we’re nearly always in the dark.
Show this presentation to someone. It’s truly an unveiling of planetary exploration, human history, evolutionary/astro/biology, the present/future state or fate of humanity, and the proper way to educate and illustrate the world beyond the “night sky.”
Ad astra per aspera.