Nor has such a one-and-only brilliance in the Universe stood at the brink of extinction, so far as we know.
We people of the Earth exist because our potential was there in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, as the Universe exploded into being.
So far, it seems like we are the lone thinkers in this vast, expanding Universe.
However, recent astronomy tells us that there are trillions of other planets circling Sunlike stars in the immensity of the Universe, millions of them friendly to life. So why has no one from elsewhere in the Cosmos contacted us?
Surely some people-like animals have evolved elsewhere. Surely we are not, in this crowded reality of countless other similar planets, the only thinking beings to have turned up. Most unlikely! So why isn’t life out there contacting us? Why aren’t the intergalactic phones ringing?
Here is one sobering possibility for our isolation: maybe life has often evolved to intelligence on other planets with biospheres and every time that intelligence, when it became able to alter its environment, did so with catastrophic consequences. Maybe we have had many predecessors in the Cosmos but all have brought about their own downfall.
That’s why they are not communicating with Earth. They have extincted themselves. They have come and gone. And now it’s our turn.
If you don’t know him, I’d like to introduce you to the bizarre and intolerant Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Greens and, arguably, the second most powerful political figure in Australia at the moment. He is not formally a member of the government, but his support is essential for the government to hold office, so when he says frog, the Prime Minister asks “How green?”. He is responsible for the carbon dioxide tax which will destroy this government.
As you can see, the man is a nutcase, and anyone who takes him seriously has a serious sanity deficiency.
Oh sure, we have all had the discussion, “Where are they?” when talking about SETI, and what he is saying here isn’t original in any detail, but this is a man who dictates, and I mean dictates, government policy at the highest possible level.
Read the rest of the speech. He wants to hand government over to the Chinese, and seems to think this will equate to democracy of some sort.
Seriously, next meeting of the worlds Green parties he is going to propose that Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, pass responsibility for their economies, their environment and their defence to China, Russia and the countries of the OIC.
He makes the tinfoil hat brigade look rational, people keep voting for him, AND HE IS THE PUPPET MASTER OF THE CURRENT AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT.
He is head of the treehuggers, no one took him seriously until the last election when he emerged as kingmaker, no newspaper or broadcast journalist had held his feet to the fire, after all, who cared? The worst he ever had to deal with was a fairly frequent tongue bath from the ABC and the Fairfax media.
Now though? Fairfax journalists still lick him all over but some Murdoch ones treat him like a serious politician, and he HATES that. He hates it with a passion. Anyone who questions his policies are, in his words, “the hate press”, and he was both lead instigator of that vile Finklestein enquiry into the media, and now chief cheerleader for its conclusions. He wants the state to dictate what is and isn’t ethical journalism, to pick and choose which articles meet or breach those ethics, and be able to dictate what is and isn’t published.
This man is what Australian politics are reduced to.
Democracy, whatever the
good Senators feelings, is not an end in itself. It is of value only as the means by which a free people may govern themselves.