[ExI] Eternity in six hours: intergalactic spreading of intelligent life and sharpening the Fermi paradox

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 11:41:21 UTC 2013

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> It's not, because people who define these terms know how
> chemistry works, and have a very good idea what it takes
> to boot up self-replicating molecular systems.
> People who know little think that everything is possible.
> As they learn how much of possibilities have been mapped,
> they tend to prune a lot of possibilities.

We don't know everything - yet.

New research has revealed that chemical reactions previously thought
to be 'impossible' in space actually occur 'with vigour,' a discovery
that could ultimately change our understanding of how alcohols are
formed and destroyed in space - and which could also mean that places
like Saturn's moon Titan, once considered too cold for life to form,
may have a shortcut for biochemical reactions.


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