|Kepler KIC 8462852 "Discovery"
||[Oct. 20th, 2015|04:50 pm]
I've always been mildly interested in Astronomy and Astrophysics but I've only recently started to actually comprehend the immensity of the subjects and what they've offered to humanity. I was mildly amused at how the mainstream internet media outlets have been reporting the Kepler discoveries - the way the potentially jargon filled scientific papers have been condensed into culturally relevant statements; the implication that there is currently at this very moment a super advanced Alien civilisation using a Dyson sphere around said star in the Cygnus constellation of our galaxy to power their planets / megastructures or whatever other borderline Startrek designs there may be.
It's a strange conundrum that what is happening in the cygnus constellation according to our perception of the present - and time in general - is actually the true "past" - but past, present and future are all human constructs; that's what starlight is signifying in a way - that eternity is 'timeless' but the scope of it has also been uncovered by science with certain formulas such as "time=distance/speed" etc. The fact that it seems like a current event to us human beings on earth is a testament to the limitations of our anatomy, anthropology and ontology. If we came from this universe in a very slow process of evolution over billions of years then we are in actual fact physical incarnations of stardust, embodying the cosmos and it's age / discernible properties.
Everything that we think we know about our branches of learning and understanding is just humanity's interpretation of the universe - according to what we're capable of comprehending and interpreting. Extra terrestrials may not be carbon based like humans and their "consciousness" may not be something we are capable of understanding - yet these entities may still exist. This is perhaps too unscientific of an explanation because science claims to know objective facts about the universe such as all of the elements it is comprised of and how those compositions are formulated right? Leaving no room for science-fiction speculations based in 'nerdology'.
If it was aliens of a highly advanced kind then it could also be plausible that the UFO stories are true and that we have actually been visited since the occurrence of this irregular star interference / behavior. What if they are a super species of cosmic nomads who target specific stars for properties which we are unaware of (I mean - why that particular KIC star?) and since 1500 years ago they have came to interfere with humanity on earth out of sheer curiosity? Perhaps we are their experiment (to an extent).
Incredibly intriguing to say the least! I love how all of the fields of science, natural philosophy, cosmology etc which address these issues are always emergent and open to changing their opinions and in favour of true objective knowledge. The fruits of such thinking have brought us incredibly far as a species and I think the beauty of emergent processes is the constant room for questions in the name of objective quality.