Expert in China weighs in on aliens, UFOs and Voyagerby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Sep. 01, 2010, under UFOs
In an interview published on xinhua.net on Tuesday, Zu Jin, the curator of Beijing Planetarium asserted that aliens do exist, but they haven’t yet come to our planet. He added that any planets in the universe similar to Earth would only have the capabilities of us Earthlings. Therefore, it would be impossible for an extraterrestrial to travel here.
As a result, he surmises that all UFO reports are merely ordinary earthly objects (kites, planes), and not objects from another galaxy. Those objects that remain unidentified are just that, but of an earthly origin.
Addressing also the Voyager 1, which I coincidentally wrote about on Monday, Zu Jin had something to say about that, too. He stated that the distance that the spacecraft has traveled on it’s 33-year journey only accounts for one-thousandth of the solar system’s reach. Taking this into consideration, it would take 10,000 years for human beings to visit planets outside the solar system.
The best way to find and communicate with aliens is to send radio signals, he added.
Of course, personally, I have a couple of problems with this argument, but will just address one.
I personally think that it assumes too much to think that Earthlings are the most advanced civilization in the entire universe. This argument assumes that other civilizations would only match the intelligence of that on Earth, because they live on a planet that can support life, like Earthlings.
This expert opinion does not take into account other civilizations that may be older and more intelligent than Earthlings. How old are these other planets in the universe that can support life, like Earth? Isn’t Earth relatively young in many instances?
Considering technological advancements on Earth, we have come a long way technologically. We are still making technological advances daily.
Suppose that these civilizations he refers to, like Earth, in a galaxy far away, are much, much older than Earth – and much, much more advanced technologically. Perhaps they figured out how to to do the impossible, like traveling warp speed to other galaxies or beaming themselves into different coordinates in the universe. Sounds impossible, and maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t.
Things we think are impossible today just may be possible tomorrow. Many advances in technology were initiated by thinking about how to make impossible, possible. Things that we thought to be impossible just a century ago are entirely possible today. Some of that awesome technology from a short time ago is extremely outdated today. Earthlings keep making advances and still we have a long way to go.
I wonder what happened to visionaries like Carl Sagan. Sagan acknowledged that the Voyager probes being encountered by travelers in an alien spaceship was extraordinarily slim. However, he was hopeful about that extraordinarily slim chance that it could happen somewhere between Earth and beyond.
Anyway, I think that the chance that Earth is the most intelligent civilization in the universe is extraordinarily slim. Especially if claiming that aliens do exist who would be similar to Earthlings.
Depending on the age of their civilization, their technological advancements could make us look like we still live in the stone age here on Earth.