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Intelligent life across the Milky Way - why 200 billion stars can't be lifeless

Sunday, April 01, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: intelligent life, universe, planets

Intelligent life

(NaturalNews) My article published yesterday about 56 billion "habitable" planets in the Milky Way galaxy touched a nerve with a few people on Facebook (see source below). They apparently believe that, yes, there is a Creator who created our universe, and yes, that intelligence created 200 - 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone (not to mention all the other galaxies), but then for some bizarre reason God only created life on ONE planet! Earth!

It is truly astonishing that there are still people living on this planet who hold such a limited, flat-Earth view of reality. If there's anything we've learned about Mother Nature, it's that life is everywhere -- even in places you wouldn't expect it such as frozen ice or boiling-hot ocean vents.

If Earth is the only planet in the universe upon which life exists, what would be the point of creating billions of galaxies, each with billions of planets? Are these all just to serve as interesting dots in the sky, all to amuse just one single "chosen" race of intelligent beings known as humankind? Nonsense!

Many intelligent races no doubt think they are the center of the universe, too

Interestingly, however, this is probably a common phenomenon among all the races of intelligent beings across our galaxy who look to the sky and think to themselves, "WE must be the only ones here!" There is an anthropocentric tendency among all living creatures, I submit, because each consciousness only experiences the universe from their own individuated point of view. Here on Earth, we joke that teenagers think they are the center of the universe; but the real joke is that much of our adult population quite literally still believes the exact same thing.

I am glad that the vast majority of NaturalNews readers are intelligent, informed, open-minded and have a "big picture" view of reality. They actually appreciate these discussions of the greater universe, consciousness, and the acknowledgement that Mother Nature has left her mark not merely on this one water planet we call Earth, but almost certainly throughout the entire galaxy wherever life may be sustained (and that's a LOT of places).

I cannot imagine living with the belief that the great expanse of the entire universe is dead and lifeless. That sounds not just spiritually empty but physically impossible. How can life NOT start on other water planets when the seeds of life (DNA, amino acids, water, minerals and more) are being flung across the universe in every instant thanks to meteorites and comets slamming into planets? Earth is currently made of pieces of Mars, and Mars, in turn, is made from pieces of Earth.

Pieces of Earth right now reside on the Moon, and every molecule of water that now exists on our planet was brought here from some other planet or comet! Our home is, in a very real sense, a collage of elements, metals, liquids and the seeds of life gathered here from (literally) across the galaxy, warmed by the sun, "blessed" into a life-supporting habitat through the miracle of nuclear fusion.

Even the stuff you are made of -- carbon atoms, water, lipids -- is composed of elements created in the transmutational explosions of dying stars. "We're made of star stuff," the physicist Carl Sagan once said, and he was right. But what the physicists are still missing, of course, is the element of consciousness across the universe. Because a mass of star stuff alone just equals a pile of rock and metals; but humans clearly have consciousness as an added element in the recipe. (And so do all life forms across the universe, by the way, including animals and plants.)

To think that life exists only on Earth is the ultimate pessimism. It is, in essence, to believe we are already living in Hell.

In the end, I suppose the belief that Earth is the only planet in the entire universe with intelligent life comes from a self-delusional belief that "We alone are special." Well of course we're special. And so are all the other living, conscious beings that share our universe. We're all special! The fact that this universe even supports life is, itself, a fantastic anomaly. Do you realize that if the laws of physics were tweaked ever so slightly, stars would not be able to use hydrogen as nuclear fuel? No fuel means no suns. No suns equals no habitable planets. Total darkness and death.

And yet, that is not THIS universe! This universe is alive, it is abundant, it is diverse and huge beyond imagination. We are but one intelligent species among billions. Not only are we not alone, but the very idea that we could possibly BE alone is incomprehensible.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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