[ExI] FW: Deep field flythrough
atymes at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 04:19:28 UTC 2013
On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> It’s astonishing, is it not? If ever I am tempted to accept that humanity
> is the first intelligent species, I gaze at a few of these deep sky images
> and I always come away saying, no there is just nooooo daaaaamn waaaay out
> of alllll thoooose staaaars, life hasn’t previously figured out a way to
> become intelligent, somewhere and somewhen in all that space in all that
> time. Just no way!
And I then look at the population statistics of Earth, all those billions
of people...and then look at Earth, non-nighttime view, zoomed out enough
that I can see an entire hemisphere at once. What sign of intelligent
life? And yet it's there, if - and only if - you zoom in enough, or look
at it at the right time (night, when the lights are broadcasting, assuming
you can see in the same wavelengths humans do).
I also look at the hopes and dreams of a common casino loser, certain that
the odds must favor him this time! ...but they never do, even if they are
mostly statistical odds and some people do honestly win from time to time.
And I also remember that someone has to be first.
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