How Darwin Helped Invent the Idea of Aliens
The 19th century was still trying to wrap its head around the theory of evolution when a group of scientists decided to up the ante and declare that the universe was teeming with “ultra-terrestrial” life.
Evolution was occurring on myriad planets, they said, and the Earth was just one tiny outpost of creation. “Is it not evident that this world has been thrown without any distinction into the planetary cluster, and that it is not better adapted than the others to be the exclusive seat of life and intelligence?” asked the famed French astronomer Camille Flammarion.
When scientists working at CERN discovered the HIggs Boson last year, it was expected they would find other new particles along with the Higgs as predicted by every model there was. But it was just a boson, and one that seemed to be way smaller than it should have been. The big (really big) implication here is that the universe may not have a “natural order” that every thinker and scientist from Aristotle to Einstein have been a fan of. In fact, our universe may be one of trillions who just happened to have physical laws just good enough for anything to exist at all and the laws of physics we so rely on only go so far before everything stops making sense.