There is no proof that aliens exist but based upon a few equally unproven evolutionary assumptions, Stephen Hawking is leading the charge to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to find proof once and for all.
It’s amazing how much the following claims and assumptions sound like religion and philosophy rather than the science that supposedly underlies everything that Hawking and company do.
Consider that the Law of Biogenesis, that life comes only from life, is not only observable, testable, and repeatable (as per scientific empiricism) but it is the only known way that life comes to exist, hence the “Law” of biogenesis rather than the “theory” or the “amusing idea”.
The obvious conclusion, based upon the extensive evidence supporting Biogenesis as a Law, is that the first cause and origin of life is in fact a living source that, since the universe is not eternal, must itself be eternal. That is exactly how the bible described God thousands of years ago and that is who Christians claim God is – the living one who is from everlasting to everlasting.
Yet, Milner, Hawking, and the doting mainstream media are searching for alien life under the assumption that the original source of life did appear through abiogenesis, from that which is not alive. This is an underlying assumption of the biological naturalist philosophy, which if correct would of course make alien life not only a possibility but perhaps likely, if not a certainty.
Yet all the scientific evidence strongly indicates that abiogenesis is a wrong assumption and in spite of all this empirical scientific evidence supporting biogenesis alone, the world’s most renowned scientist is putting his money on the unproven assumption that has no corresponding examples to support it as even possible, let alone probable.
What would make a “scientist” abandon science and instead choose blind faith?
Perhaps an unwillingness to admit the truth: that God is author of life and that we are accountable to him, and furthermore that naturalism is not only wrong but actually a lie.
British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a 10-year, $135 million project to scan the heavens.
Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who is funding the Breakthrough Listen initiative, said it would be the most intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of extraterrestrial intelligent life.
“In an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life,” Mr Hawking said at the launch event at the Royal Society science academy in London.
“Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching.
“Either way, there is no bigger question.
“It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. We must know.”
The project will use some of the biggest telescopes on Earth, searching far deeper into the universe than before for radio spectrum and laser signals.
“We are launching the most comprehensive search program ever,” Mr Milner said.
“Breakthrough Listen takes the search for intelligent life in the universe to a completely new level.”
Mr Milner said the scan would collect more data in one day than a year of any previous search, tracking the million closest stars, the centre of the Milky Way and the 100 closest galaxies.
It’s a huge gamble, of course, but the pay-off would be so colossal … even if the chance of success is small.
British astronomer Martin Rees
“We should not read too much into the lack of confirmed signals,” said the former physics student, who is named after Yuri Gagarin, the first man in outer space.
Earth’s telescopes would be able to detect a signal from similarly-advanced technology sent from the centre of the Milky Way.
A signal from Andromeda, the nearest major galaxy, would need only the power of two times the Three Gorges Dam in China to reach Earth.
“We don’t need to assume that civilisation is way more developed than we are,” Mr Milner said.
Parkes Observatory in NSW to play vital role
Australia will play a crucial role in the project, with the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales signing a multi-million-dollar contract to scan radio waves for life in the cosmos.
The CSIRO will contract a quarter of the telescope’s time for five years to scan for potential radio signals from galaxies beyond our reach.
Professor Matthew Bailes, from Melbourne’s Swinburne University, will be the project’s lead investigator at the Parkes Telescope.
We know there’s lots of worlds out there, but whether or not there’s little green men on there is something we still don’t know.
Professor Matthew Bailes, Swinburne University
“Radio waves are a very efficient way of transmitting information and it’s likely that aliens, if they’re into interstellar communication at all, would be using the radio part of the spectrum,” he said.
“We know there’s lots of worlds out there, but whether or not there’s little green men on them is something we still don’t know.”
Cosmologist Professor Paul Davies from Arizona State University has spent his career studying the question of “what else is out there?” and is also excited by the project.
But he said there would be a number of big questions to ask if the project did find intelligent life.
“Should we respond? Who gets to speak for us? What do we do next?” he said.
“There are no easy answers to these but if we’re going to engage in a dialogue with an alien civilisation this is something that needs the consideration of everybody on the planet.”
Possibility of finding aliens rises a billionfold
Martin Rees, Britain’s astronomer royal and one of the project leaders, said modern technology allowed much more sensitive searches than ever before, though he cautioned against expectations of finding intelligent alien life.
“It’s a huge gamble, of course, but the pay-off would be so colossal … even if the chance of success is small,” the astrophysicist said.
The possibility of finding life had however effectively risen a billionfold through the identification of billions of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way, he said.
“Is there life out there? We may not answer it but this gives a bigger chance that it may be answered in our lifetime,” he said.
The program will be 50 times more sensitive than previous searches, and cover 10 times more of the sky, experts said.
It will scan at least five times more of the radio spectrum, and 100 times faster, while in tandem undertake the deepest and broadest-ever search for optical laser transmissions.
The initiative was launched on the 46th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing.
It is allied with the Breakthrough Message project, an international competition to create digital messages that represent humanity.
There is no commitment to send any messages into space, and the project should spark discussion about whether humans should be sending messages at all out into the void.
I am certainly not suggesting that we should not explore God’s creation. God makes it clear that we should:
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” Proverbs 25:2 ESV
But there is something to explore and we have the faculties to explore specifically because God created.
Sooner or later, Hawking and the team will find have to acknowledge this.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:18-25 ESV