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Additional speculations on extraterrestrial life Additional speculations on extraterrestrial life
by Joseph Gatt
2019-12-02 09:14:01
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Let's frame the question this way. Are we looking for “life” outside the planet Earth or are we looking for “civilization” outside the planet Earth? That is are we looking for bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, animals instinct-based and devoid of civilization, or are we looking for life forms that have complex social organizations, legal codes, literature, religion, notions of time and space, property, kinship and perhaps even transportation means and armies or defense means.

If you ever decide to go ahead and look for extraterrestrial life, here's what you want to look at:

-optics: can those life forms visualize light? Do those life forms have sight? How does light penetrate on their planet or place in the universe that enables them to see. What are their optics, and how do they make use of light? Or can they see in the dark?

extr01_400-waves: how do waves operate on their planet and in their universe? Can sound travel or are they deaf? Can air travel or do they have trouble communicating via air waves? What about light waves? What about “chemical waves” as in the sense of smell and the air they “breathe”?

-mechanics: how do they move around? What are the laws of gravity in their planet? How can they move their bodies around? Does their atmosphere allow “fast” movement or “slow” movement? Does the atmosphere and gravity force them to stay grounded on the “floor”?

-particles: What particles is life outside Earth made up of? What particles do they feed on? What is the chemical nature of their particle? How do particles and chemical elements interact on their planet or in their universe?

-motion: How does their planet move around? Or how do they move around in space? Do they have cycles, as in yearly cycles and life cycles? Are their cycles “long” or “short”? 

-morphology: what kind of bodies do these life forms have? What is their physiognomy? What do they survive on? How do their bodies grow over a life cycle or lifespan? Are their life cycles circular or linear?

-finally, most importantly, reproduction. If there is no reproduction, it's hard to discuss life outside Earth. How do these life forms regenerate and reproduce? Is it their “seeds” or do they need partners to reproduce?

So here are the many possibilities regarding life outside planet Earth.

-Life in space (not on a planet or a star). That is life forms that fly around space, perhaps that are stuck in circular motions around heavier objects, perhaps they orbit some star or giant star. Perhaps they are simply falling in linear motion. These life forms perhaps have seeds that help them reproduce, perhaps with the help of the light waves emitted by the star they are orbiting. Perhaps the heat waves from the planet they are orbiting keep them warm enough to sustain non-rock forms.

-Life on planets. They could have static vegetation form, or could be in “pedal” form, that is having legs or members that enable them to move around their planet.

Either way, here are the speculations on alien life forms:

-optics: in any case, their source of light will almost certainly never be the same as our source of light. Perhaps they have no source of light at all (thus are blind) and survive through air waves or heat waves. Or perhaps their source of light is so powerful that it would make us humans blind if we arrived on their planet. In any case this is comforting, because if those aliens were to invade our planet, our source of light waves would be their major enemy, and they would either grow blind or have poor sight because of our source of light.

-waves: Aliens probably use air waves and light waves very differently from the way we use those waves. They perhaps communicate with the help of waves, but their wave length is certainly different from our wave length and composition. Due to gravity and other factors, they would not be able to survive, much less breathe or talk on our planet, nor would we be able to survive, breathe or talk on their planet.

-mechanics: because the wave system is different, mechanics on their planet are certainly very different. Movements tend to be a lot slower or faster than on our planet, meaning that if we were to visit them, we would either be too fast or too slow for them. If they have cars or transportation means, those transportation means would either be very, very slow from our human perspective, or very, very fast.

-particles: Aliens are perhaps made up of chemical particles that we don't know exist. Those particles can be toxic for us humans, or can have components that can be very dangerous for use humans. Or perhaps, miraculously, those particles could help us cure all kinds of diseases if we were to bring them back to our planet. 

-motion: planetary motion is probably very different from that on Earth, meaning they either have very short life cycles from our perspective, or very long life cycles from our perspective. Either way, the notion of time and space would be very different from ours.

-morphology: What would they look like? Give the different light waves and sources of light, perhaps the star they orbit around emits different waves, meaning they have colors that don't exist on our planet. Or perhaps they live in a very, very dark spot, and are invisible. Either way, they could come in all sorts of forms, be it spongy squares or circle bipeds or look more like grass or perhaps look like some of the animals and plants you will find on earth.

-reproduction: How do they reproduce? Alone, in pairs, or in groups? Is reproduction instinctive or is it ritualized?

-”personality”: Finally, and more importantly, what are their personalities like? Are they predators? Are they aggressive? Are they cooperative or competitive? Do they eat each other out, or do they feed each other to help each other grow?

More importantly, the structure of distant galaxies could be very different from our galaxy. Perhaps other galaxies have no light and light waves, no notion of gravity, and are made up of completely different chemical components. For example, instead of light and stars emitting sources of light, other galaxies could have notions of ice crystal balls that emit something that is vaguely reminiscent of light. Perhaps their rocks and planets are made up of something very reminiscent of a pearl-like or emerald-like rock, and perhaps when those emerald-like rocks meet those crystal balls, rose-like flowers grow on the emerald.

So much more I could say, but I'll save my thoughts for another day.

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