Imagine that future humans manage to travel to other worlds and find… more people. According to an astro-biologist at the University of Cambridge, this scenario may be more likely than you think.
In a new interview with the BBC Science Focus, evolutionary paleo-biologist Simon Conway Morris from the University’s Department of Earth Sciences said that researchers can say with reasonable certainty that human-like evolution has taken place all over the Universe.
At the core of Morris’s beliefs is the theory of convergent evolution, which states that random effects eventually average out, so that evolution converges, seeking the appearance of similar organisms in any environment.
The theory of convergent evolution asserts that evolution itself is a law of nature – and, as a logical conclusion, it is likely that evolution will occur on different planets in the same way as here on Earth.
In other words, it is theoretically possible that the blue and green alien humanoids you see in Star Trek may actually be out there somewhere. Morris is not the only person from Cambridge who believes that alien life would evolve like humans.
Arik Kershenbaum, a zoologist at this prestigious British institute, has written an entire book on the concept of alien evolution.
Since evolution is the explanatory mechanism for life everywhere, Kershenbaum told Quanta magazine earlier this year, the principles we are revealing on Earth should apply to the rest of the Universe.
Kershenbaum argues that while it is tempting to imagine alien races that do not have the same cultural interests as humans, such as philosophy and literature, we must remember that they did not just emerge from a vacuum as evolved technological beings.
According to Kershenbaum, even alien life forms with higher technology than humans should have evolved from a pre-technological form.
If this pre-tech kind developed everything we have now, then most likely they were built on building blocks that served this social purpose – things like communication between group members, transferring information and useful ideas between group members.
A pre-tech alien civilization could sing, dance and tell stories just like the pre-tech human civilization did, because it serves the same purpose.
It is interesting to imagine other worlds where humanoid life forms, in the words of Kershenbaum, sing, dance and tell stories or kill each other for capital gains, as on Earth.
And if the laws of evolution are as strong as Darwinist’s like Kershenbaum and Morris believe, then this increases our inclination to communicate with aliens – and, unfortunately, to war with them.
Siam Too / ABC Flash Point Space News 2022.
Well its possible considering the millions of suns.galaxy’s ( as stars -apart from our local planets ) that can be seen in the sky ,we are after all organic carbon based beings with a limited life span on this planet,I wouldn’t rule it out . But US SF paperbacks and numerous American SF movies have some ludicrous shapes and forms making you wonder in a practical sense they ever managed to build a spacecraft. Going beyond that its a question of when you die does an ethereal being live on in the form of a “Spirit ” -which has no… Read more »
Space invaders use technology to travel in different dimensions, which is something ‘humans’ can still not apprehend?
That is a possibility using space and time distortion but it would still be in a corporal form in other words still as a solid body.
Becoming non corporal -IE- spirit form means the dissolution of the bodies cells eg- death of the body that is entirely what I would call a Real different dimension with awareness .