Royal Astronomer: ‘Aliens May Be Staring Us In The Face’

alienBy Heidi Blake for the Telegraph:

Lord Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society and astronomer to the Queen, said the existence of extra terrestrial life may be beyond human understanding.

He made the remarks shortly after hosting the national science academy’s first conference on the possibility of alien life.

“They could be staring us in the face and we just don’t recognise them. The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology,” he said.

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”…

[continues in the Telegraph]

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  • ggg

    who says we humans understand chimpanzees.?

  • 5by5

    Is it just me, or does not Lord Martin Rees, the president of the Royal Society himself look much like an alien? :-)

  • tonyviner

    Kinda like Spam-burgers?

  • http://sites.google.com/site/shapesavant/home Rick Hatfield

    He’s absolutely right. I am an apparently unique sort of autistic-savant, and the way I think about math seems to be completely unintelligible to other humans, although it obviously works for me, or I wouldn’t be able to solve math problems in my own weird way, employing novel alternatives to such basic concepts as “angle” and “dimension”. But if you can’t even communicate with another human being who just happens to approach things a bit differently, then I would say that your chances of understanding a truly alien mind are just about zero.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/shapesavant/home Rick Hatfield

    He's absolutely right. I am an apparently unique sort of autistic-savant, and the way I think about math seems to be completely unintelligible to other humans, although it obviously works for me, or I wouldn't be able to solve math problems in my own weird way, employing novel alternatives to such basic concepts as “angle” and “dimension”. But if you can't even communicate with another human being who just happens to approach things a bit differently, then I would say that your chances of understanding a truly alien mind are just about zero.

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