Inspiration & Wonder: From Universe, To Community, To My Stomach…

An artist’s conception of a newly discovered Earth-sized planet (NASA/Ames/JPL-CalTech)

Are We Alone in the Universe? (Thank you Michael Wade &
Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

“…Huge excitement. Two Earth-size planets found orbiting a sun-like star less than 1,000 light-years away…No earthlings there. But it’s only a matter of time — perhaps a year or two, estimates one astronomer — before we find the right one of the right size in the right place…And at just the right time. As the romance of manned space exploration has waned, the drive today is to find our living, thinking counterparts in the universe. For all the excitement, however, the search betrays a profound melancholy — a lonely species in a merciless universe anxiously awaits an answering voice amid utter silence…That silence is maddening. Not just because it compounds our feeling of cosmic isolation. But because it makes no sense. As we inevitably find more and more exo-planets where intelligent lifecan exist, why have we found no evidence — no signals, no radio waves — that intelligent life does exist?  It’s called the Fermi Paradox, after the great physicist who once asked, “Where is everybody?” Or as was once elaborated: “All our logic, all our anti-isocentrism, assures us that we are not unique — that they must be there. And yet we do not see them.”

(Encourage you to hit the link and read entire article.  Good.  Community and Stomach inspirations to follow below.)

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