These articles deal with the fringe in that I was addressing the science behind so called UFOs.
I have done some analysis on life in our solar system other than Earth and the odds against it are very high. At least, life as we know it. Even Mars probably did not get past early life stages before the O2 was consumed. Any biologist will tell you that in our planet evolution, there were any number of critical thresholds of presence or absence of a gas or heat or water (or magnetic field or magma flow) that, if crossed, would have returned the planet to a lifeless dust ball.
Frank Drakes formulas are a testament to that. The only reason that his formulas are used to “prove” life exists is because of the enormous quantities of tries that nature has to get it right in the observable universe and over so much time.
One potential perspective is that what may be visiting us, as UFOs could be a race or several races of beings that are 500 to 25,000 years or more advanced than us. Given the age of the universe and the fact that our sun is probably second or third generation, this is not difficult to understand. Some planet somewhere was able to get life started before Earth and they are now where we will be in the far distant future.
Stanley Miller proved that life, as we know it, could form out of organic and natural events during the normal evolution of a class M planet. But Drake showed that the chances of that occurring twice in one solar system is very high against it. If you work backwards from their formulas, given the event of earth as an input of some solution of the equations, you would need something like 100 million planets to get even a slight chance for another planet with high‑tech life on it.
Taken this into consideration and then comparing it to the chances that the monuments on mars are natural formations or some other claim of extraterrestrial life within our solar system, you must conclude that there is virtually no chance for life in our solar system. Despite this, there are many that point to evidence such as the appearance of a face and pyramids in Mars photographs. It sounds a lot like an updated version of the canals that were first seen in the 19th century. Now we can measure these observations with extreme accuracy – or so they would have you believe.
The so‑called perfect measurements and alignment that are supposedly seen on the pyramids and “faces” are very curious since even the best photos we have of these sites have a resolution that could never support such accuracy in measurements. When you get down to “measuring” the alignment and sizes of the sides, you can pretty much lay the compass or ruler anywhere you want because of the fuzz and loss of detail caused by the relatively poor resolution. Don’t let someone tell you that they measured down to the decimal value of degrees and to within inches when the photo has a resolution of meters per pixel!
As for the multidimensional universe; I believe Stephen Hawkin when he said that there are more than 3 dimensions however, for some complex mathematical reasons, a fifth dimension would not necessarily have any relationship to the first four and objects that have a fifth dimension would have units of the first four (l,w,h & time) that are very small ‑ on the order of atomic units of scale. This means that according to our present understanding of the math, the only way we could experience more than 4 dimensions is to be able to be reduced to angstrom sizes and to withstand very high excitation from an external energy source. Lets exclude the size issue for a moment since that is an artifact of the math model that we have chosen in the theory and may not be correct.
We generally accept that time is the 4th dimension after l, w, and h which seem to be related as being in the same units but in different directions. If time is a vector (which we believe it is) and it is so very different than up, down, etc, then what would you imagine a 5th dimension unit to be?
Most people think of “moving” into another dimension and it being just some variation of the first 4 but this is not the case. The next dimension, is not capable of being understood by us because we have no frame of reference.
Hawkin makes a much better explanation of this in one of his books but suffice it to say that we do not know how to explore this question because we cannot conceive of the context of more than 4 dimensions. The only way we can explore it is with math ‑ we can’t even graph it because we havent got a 5-axis coordinate system. I have seen a 10 dimensional formula graphed but they did only 3 dimensions at a time.
Whatever the relationship of a unit called a “second” has with a unit called a “meter”, may or may not be the same relationship as the meter has with “???????” (Whatever the units of the 5th dimension are called). What could it possibly be? You describe it for me, but don’t use any reference to the first 4 dimensions. For instance, I can describe time or length without reference to any of the other known dimensions. The bottom line is that this is one area that even a computer cannot help because no one has been able to give a computer an imagination ……..yet. However, it is an area that is so beyond out thinking that perhaps we should not speculate about them coming from another dimension.
Lets look at other possibilities. To do that, take a look at the other article on this blog titled, Intergalactic Space Travel.