Whether you're a creationist believing type, or an atheist believing scientist, or a fence sitting agnostic like me, it is difficult to avoid the question of what place a Creator has in society as we get ever closer to finding life outside of the atmosphere.
For some I imagine, the thougth of extra-terrestrial life is pure fantasy, but when you think of the possibilty in terms of the classic Drake Equation it starts to become blindly obvious that the probability of intelligent life out there somewhere s far greater than it not being there.
For those unfamilar with the Drake Equation, it asks certain questions about the universe and the answers lead to probability answers on extra-terrestrial civilisations. Questions such as:
- How many stars are there in the Universe?
- At what rate to those stars form?
- What fraction of those stars have planets orbiting them?
- What fractions of those planets may be in a suitable posiiton to hold a climate suitable for life as we understand it?
- What fraction of those planets have the necessary lifetime required, in order for intelligent life to evolve?
- How much of that intelligent life will be technological?
- How long would it take that civilisation to send detectable signals into space?
Having said all this, even if there was life out there the chances of the technology existing that would enable contact between world is unlikely. As Lawrence Kruass, the author of the Physics of Star Trek said, "we can all feel safe that aliens are not abducting psychiatric patients and subjecting them to interesting examinations."
Still, back to the original reasonfro me posting. This latest discovery by NASA is very cool indeed, and I think it's probably only a matter of time before evidence of some form of life beyond this planet is discoevred, at which point might all bets be off for God?