Fictional aliens come in all shapes and sizes — but in reality may look a creature from another planet? Will we recognize that this is an alien, if it meet? A new book by science fiction writers Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart are trying to find answers to these questions.
The first thing, according to Jack Cohen, you need to understand, thinking about life on other planets, it will almost certainly not humanoids. Just as Jesus Christ in Western culture depicts a man with a European type of person, we create the image of aliens in our image. Formation of the spine and skeleton, he said, is also an evolutionary accident, which may be a unique feature of evolution on Earth. Therefore, the authors reject the plausibility of the many mindaleglazyh aliens of Hollywood films and television series "The X-Files."
If the authors of the books and the film's director does not make humanoid alien, they turn them into monsters shaped, designed to replace the ghosts, vampires and werewolves. The best example of this kind of the authors of the book "Science of extraterrestrial life" (The Science of Extra-terrestrial Life) said the movie "Alien." This film is really scary, but from a scientific point of view, according to Cohen, he is "beyond nonsense." That the creature will wait 12,000 years before the hatch from the eggs, and no one at this time, it will not eat, it is absurd, says the researcher. His ability to instantly adapt to the human immune system — is also an exaggeration. The most unrealistic scene — the scene of occurrence of substance from the stomach of John Hurt.
A similar kind of idea about the existence of aliens on Mars — the probability of which is extremely small. But the fact that the aliens are not like us, or that they do not live on Mars, does not mean they do not exist. "These aliens will be very different for us," — according to Cohen and Stewart. After all, life can be in different conditions than on a planet with plenty of water and oxygen. Wherever there is a natural substance, and enough energy may be anything of sufficient complexity that may be considered "life." Perhaps the gas cloud on Jupiter's moon, or the "feeling of the sea", similar to the one depicted in the classic science fiction novel "Solaris". But only aliens who have grown up in an environment like that on Earth, may be interested in visiting our planet and make contact. Other, more exotic forms of extraterrestrial life may be here already, but we are not able to recognize them.
"They probably will not look like a classic green men, unless, of course, do not want to seem so. They may look exactly like humans. Or a cat. Or houseflies. Alternatively, they can be invisible, or be just beyond our the space-time continuum. They can be enclosed within the atoms or exist only in failures, where the human perceptual system exists in the refractory period and can not recognize their existence. "
However, there is a possibility and the fact that they are generally not. Like people, whose initial enthusiasm for space exploration has waned since the late 60's, they may simply not be of interest to interplanetary travel.
News.Battery.Ru — Accumulator News, 16-02-2004 12:15