As a recovering astronomer, though, I have to say that the sun isn’t still; it’s going around the Milky Way at 220 km/sec relative to the Milky Way’s halo. I can’t even remember how fast the Galaxy is moving relative to Andromeda. But you knew that.
Yeah, i knew that….but with the planets all moving with the sun around the milky way and the solar system moving with the galaxy all around space, I figured it could be considered ‘still’ relative to the Earth.
And now what are your views regarding life on other planets?
The universe is pretty much all the same ‘stuff’ from one end to the other, and around and around. All the same elements and all that spread out mostly evenly. Of course, there are globs and gloops and planets and stars, but on a universal scale, it’s pretty evenly spread out.
With that in mind, it’s pretty reasonable to guess that all of the factors that went into making life here, could probably happen again elsewhere. We already know that there are similar type stars with similar type planets and in a universe this big why not. At this point, however, it’s all conjecture and philosophy, but I accept the possibility of other life.
BUT….are there bipedal humanoids? blue people with slightly bigger foreheads? beings that look exactly like us but have an extra heart and pretty good hair? meh. We are shaped specifically by our evolution and our evolution is driven by specific factors, or more specifically it’s driven by a number of specific factors that just happened to have occurred when they did in the order they did. Are we mammalian because the dinosaurs were wiped out? Had they not been wiped out would they have gone further? If the specific electrolytic recipe of the ocean had been slightly different would fish have been able to transition to freshwater? Develop the kidneys and skeletons necessary to survive in the freshwater?
Then there’s the timing issues. Maybe they hit their pinnacle 2 billion years ago and are gone. Or are 2 billion years from sentience. Add distance to the mix and it is a distinct possibility that the earth will never ever come in contact with any form of other life.
Auntie Sue wonders…
now can you tell me how the cream center got into the twinkie?
Auntie Sue, when will you learn? All questions can be answered by faith and the bible.
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
I suggest you pray on this.