There has been a lot of talk lately about how important it is that we spend $£€trillions on exploring space, not just within our own solar system but beyond anywhere our space probes have so far reached, with the somewhat fantastic aim of finding planets, moons and asteroids rich in mineral resources and exploiting their riches, and the even more fantastical aim of finding water, breathable air, fertile soil and all the other features necessary for a life supporting environment.
Incredibly, in their zeal to extract more money in research grants from us poor taxpayers, and thus ensure they never have to get real jobs and do some honest work, these self — pleasurers have recently discovered that far from being the cold, barren place we have always though it to be, our neighbouring planet Mars is in fact a green and pleasant land with blue skies and crystal clear lakes that humans could colonise, once scientists have finished trashing this planet and blaming us for their destructive ways (come on, who would ever have dreamed of demanding plastic bags instead of paper if ‘the science’ had not shown the plastic containers were infinitely superior. Why, those rubbishy paper bags our mothers and grandmothers had to rely on would degrade to compost in a matter of weeks when thrown away while plastic bags can hang around for many decades.
The usual suspects are all on board the space exploration bandwagon of course, our particular favourite in the UK is Prof. Brian Cox who has been plugging the “Let’s bankrupt our nation to explore space,” life for years. Brian currently has a documentary series running on BBC, titled “Planets,” in which he takes us exporing the solar system’s planets, well CGI generated images of them, but he does not make a big thing of the fact that the images on screen are not real photos but computer simulations. It is not a new trick, Carl Sagan did it back in the 1970s and then, as now, there were people naive enough to accept what they were seeing was real.
To be fair to Brian, his first space docco, The wonders Of The Solar System was pretty good, and in it he, a big fan of the human generated climate change hoax, accidentally admitted that CO2 driven global warming is a scam while explaining why the namib desert, one of the dryest places on Earth, can get to over 130 dregrees during daytime but drop to near freezing tenperatures at night (it’s lack of water vapour in the atmosphere, due to the local geography.) His next, Wonders Of The Universe definitely moved him into sci — fi territory and this latest one with its images of those crystal clear lakes and green forests on Mars has definitely left reality far behind.
Back on planet Reality however, the truth is still somewhat different.
There is no hope of finding alien life in space because conditions on all other planets are too hostile, a more level — headed astronomer has claimed. This goes against recent, almost hysterical claims from research grant phishing astrophysicists who claim the ‘photographs of neighbouring galaxies’ (in fact CGI images constructed from measurements of radiation coming in from certain parts of outer space) have ‘proved’ ‘the truth is out there’ and there could be many planets capable of supporting life in the closest galaxy alone. This closest galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy, is two and a half million light years away which means light emitted from there now will not be seen on earth for two and a half million years.
Light travels at an estimated 186,000 miles per second, about 25,000 times faster than the fastest space vehicle humans have so far made. So if we set off now, with current technology we would reach the Andromeda galaxy in 67.5 million years time. I know life expectancy is increasing but not that much.
Even if we were to explore our own galaxy, the nearest star that might (just might mind you,) be orbited by a star that might, (just might mind you,) have an environment suitable for the survival of carbon based life forms is 40 light years away. That means at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, it would take 40 years to get there and 40 years to get back. Even if we had some technology capable of travelling at just one tenth the speed of light (18,600 miles per second) a one way trip would take far more that a single human lifetime. Our fastest spacecraft currently heading into deep space is doing so at a mere 15 miles per second.
Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim a few years ao that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life.
Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside out Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique. “We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own. They are very hostile to life as we know it,” he said.
He pointed to stars such as HD10180, which sparked great excitement when it was found to be orbited by a planet of similar size and appearance to Earth. But the similarities turned out to be superficial. The planet lies less than two million miles from its sun, meaning it is roasting hot, stripped of its atmosphere and blasted by radiation.
Now this is a big assumption. The Universe is claimed to consist of approximately 100 million galaxies each containing a hundred billion stars. The theoretical physicists who plan to colonise distant planets within the next five days or so are quire define about those numers. Don’t ask me how, I supose maybe a scientist went round the universe and counted them all. Maybe we should put that person on our first intergalactic space probe as they would have to have cracked the immortality thing alread. I digress however, back to Dr. Smith who is basing his calculation on a tiny sample of stars that have orbiting planets.
There are many scienceheads (people who are so addicted to science their brains are addled by the obsession.) Science is their religion and they are determined to suppress the questioning of people still enough in possession of our mental faculties to be healthily sceptical of anyone who tries to win their argument by the appeal to a higher authority; “This is Science, no intelligent person would question it.”
As such a sceptic, and a horse racing enthusiast I have to say that having analysed the form scientifically, (as taught by one of my Grandads, a bookie,) my opinion is to give these ‘scientists the kind of research funding they are asking for in the hope of seeing a return would be like betting one’s life savings on a three legged horse in the Derby.
The truth is not out there.
The Truth Is Here
We Are The Truth
This is not to say there is nothing of interest out there, only that looking for planets like ours, with life supporting environments like the one we have on earth and populated by carbon based life forms loosely resembling animals, plants and us is futile. While sciencetits (not a typo) and rocket men tweak their equations some of the most creative thinkers in human history have speculated, rightly in my view, that there is more to both the universe and ourselves than we are ever likely to be aware of. The linked page contains a quotation from the notes of Nicola Tesla, which reflects an opinion I came to quite independently I guess it would have been some time in the 1990s. It would be untrue to suggest I had not heard of Tesla at that point, I first learned of him from my Grandad (not the bookie but the electrical engineer,) who had explained to my friends and I when we were in our early teens that Tesla’s thinking was well ahead of his time. However Grandad Bill also said Tesla’s work had been suppressed because it threatened the potentially vast profits from the new wonder fuel, oil. Thus I forgot him until interest in clean, sustainable energy took off around the turn of the century. It was through reading Hellenic, Roman, Indian and Zoroastrian philosophies as well as modern existentialist philosophers and putting that into context with what I had learned working in the computer and nuclear industries that I formed my own world view.
As I am still preoccupied with personal matters, this article is a rewritten version of something I first published in my Greenteeth sites a few years ago under the name Xavier Connolly.
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