If nature can expand its repertoire so dramatically here then it is irrefutable it has done so elsewhere!
This is an amazing statistic! I love solar energy! It lights my path at night with a couple of dozen totally free lights which have been operating for a years! Yesterday I saw a very humble mobile home by the side of the road with several large arrays of solar panels. How frugal! I’m happy to see that solar solutions are coming down in price (about a week ago I posted one of them) … and that hopefully in the near future they will be an affordable source of energy for everyone.
If nature can expand its repertoire so dramatically here then it is irrefutable it has done so elsewhere! On Earth the conditions were perfect. Millions of species were given the greatest gift – the opportunity of life! Eventually one would evolve to have a unique, multi-faceted brain, one which could contemplate & analyse so as to finally understand how Nature conducts almost every aspect of its business. It’s hardly surprising though – anything possessing a bag of tricks remotely resembling Nature’s outlandish array of talents surely is obliged to create something capable of acknowledging its very ingenuity?
We have therefore passed Nature’s greatest exam, the greatest test for any species – understanding Nature itself is one thing; overcoming the obstacle of BEING MAROONED ON ONE’S MOTHER PLANET is another! The Dinosaurs reigned for 160 million years!….. but ultimately they were marooned! So I ponder have we accomplished this feat too rapidly? You see though I believe literally millions of planets in the Universe harbor cognizant life forms, I nevertheless find it difficult to imagine intelligent aliens evolving significantly quicker than we have!
DNA, the genetic rule book of all living organisms alters slowly over time. It’s taken around 5 million years for our DNA to alter by 3% from the Chimpanzee. Throughout this period man evolved mainly due to our ability to adapt & to learn. Whatever Nature threw at us, we were able to survive. It was never easy! Brain power had to come with aggression & greed. There was little room for sentiment & kindness! This was the law of the jungle & that law remains firmly etched in our DNA TODAY!
Yet look at what we’ve achieved in a minute fraction of the time it took for a 3% modification in our DNA? 70000 years ago we discovered farming – this was huge! it took another 6900 years for the Normans to invade England in 1066. Then each century saw an exponential advance. We realized the key was to learn, the quicker the better, so youngsters were taught in schools.
This in turn encouraged so many more of us to engage in thought – science & technology came to the fore resulting in a quite mind-boggling advance in the last 100 years!
We could have carried on in the same vein! Alas no! Brilliant new technologies have been stifled, great innovators murdered, cures for ravaging disease like cancer kept under wraps. Among the worst culprits for arresting mankind’s extraordinary surge are those in the energy business. We’ve used petroleum for 110 YEARS! To say it’s out-of-date is a chronic understatement; worse still it is poisoning our only home at an alarming rate while we are charged an ever-increasing king’s ransom for the filth even though there has NEVER been a shortage! I feel this caption epitomizes how mankind has allowed aggression, greed & stupidity to triumph over brain power!