There is a high probability that there is life "out there." If a planet or a star is a living thing, then there's plenty of it. But, would we like to meet creatures not unlike ourselves? I don't think so. We can't even live peaceably and peacefully here on Earth—what's the bet that we'd start a war, or end up embroiled in inter-global politics. Can you imagine our modern leaders—who are unable to settle such parochial issues as Northern Ireland, Palestine, etc.—being able to act maturely and sensibly on such a vast stage?
I dread to think what would happen if there was an election for 'President of the galaxy.' On the other hand, it might be nice to ship off some of our has-been politicians into deep space.
1. J.R. Blevins, "Concentrate on Earth," The Scientist,...
Interested in reading more?
Become a Member of
Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!