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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just SETI Right Down And You'll Hear a Tale

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence continues. The entire thing is based on presuppositions being true: abiogenesis (the spontaneous generation of life from non-life), scum-to-school-custodian evolution, the universe being billions of years old, intelligent life out there is very old and would visit Earth, and more. They are playing the odds that there are so many stars and galaxies, that something must have evolved and become highly intelligent. But they are playing odds that would discourage a drunken cowboy at a poker table, since further studies show that a planet's "habitable zone" is very limited, radiation bursts would eliminate life, and other problems.

SETI enthusiasts are not getting much hope from recent astronomical activities. A recent scan of distant galaxies for signs of intelligent life gives less-than-stellar results.
Spiral Galaxy NGC 4414 / Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)
Does the Bible say anything about life elsewhere in the universe. Nope. Some people think it's theologically possible (the author of the article linked below doesn't rule it out). Personally, I reckon that a strong case can be made that Scripture gives strong indications to the negative, but it's not a hill that I'd die defending.

A recent study using a space-based telescope gave less-than-stellar (heh!) results. Which brings Psalm 8:4-6 into sharper focus.
An orbiting infrared telescope found no clear signs of life in 100,000 galaxies.

If the universe is billions of years old, evolutionists believe, then sentient life should have arisen many times as they believe it did on Earth. Since many of them should have evolved for millions or even billions of years longer than humans have, their technology should have made them capable of colonizing their entire galaxy, giving off tell-tale signs of their presence.

There’s a lot of could’s and would’s in that line of thinking, but NASA decided to run a first-order investigation. Using data from the orbiting WISE telescope (which was not launched for that purpose), astronomers at Penn State ran a check for elevated mid-infrared wavelengths at 100,000 galaxies. Why infrared?
You can find out the answer to that question by reading the rest of the article at "100,000 Galaxies Without a Sign of Life".