By Phil Elmore
Posted: January 28, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
"Is the digital age cutting us off from aliens?" This was the question asked Monday by Chris Matyszczyk. Matyszczyk cites a conference in London, organized by the United Kingdom's national academy of science, whose purpose is to discuss extraterrestrial life. A Dr. Frank Drake, described as "the world's leading ET hunter," apparently worries that digital technology is effectively screening us from other forms of life somewhere out there. According to Drake, who founded SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), digital signals beamed into space would "look like noise," unlike analog signals.
Half a century ago, Drake devised an equation that, according to Govert Schilling, "expresses the number (N) of 'observable civilizations' that exist in our Milky Way galaxy as a simple multiplication of several, more approachable unknowns." Fifty years later, SETI has found no evidence of those civilizations.
The fact that we, as human beings, wonder if there is intelligent alien life somewhere out there is not a surprise. It is only natural to wonder if one is alone; it is part of the human condition, part of what drives us to create, to innovate and to educate ourselves. We see a fence – and we wonder what is on the other side. We see a door – and we wonder what lies within. We look up into the incredible, endless depths of space – and we wonder what could be out there, stretched across a vista that is incomprehensibly eternal. Contemplating such mind-bending mystery, we often turn to God and wonder if the answers might lie there.
The debate in religious circles over alien life has waxed and waned. Some conservative Christians believe that the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is contradictory to their belief system. Others have speculated that the reference to "sheep ... not of this fold" in John 10:16 is a reference to the existence of alien beings. There are even those who believe that certain accounts in the Bible (such as in Ezekiel) actually describe encounters with aliens or alien spacecraft, as described in the famous "Chariots of the Gods" by Erich von Daniken.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
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