Wednesday, August 30, 2006


One of the magazines I subscribe to carried an article two issues ago on the Search for Extraterrestrial life (SETI). The next issue, which I just finished reading, contained a lot of comments, pro and con, on the concept that if life is common in the universe we could have expected to have been contacted by an elder race by now. There were a lot of comments made on the chances that life does exist on many worlds. But I didn't see anyone mentioned what to me is the scariest scenario of all: We are a life form that arose on a planet surrounding a late third generation (at least) star. If that's what it takes to form life, maybe we are the elder race, the first one to rise fully formed on a late blooming star full of third generation elements.


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