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When some of you were little kids, you may have watched episodes of Lost in Space. You probably noticed how every planet that the Robinson family explored seemed to have breathable air and how all the aliens on that show somehow spoke fluent English. Hmmm. How would that be possible? Most of us probably got a kick out of how Dr. Zachary Smith would brag about himself to the Robinson kids and then later on he would be screaming in fear from the top of his lungs whenever an alien came face to face with him no matter how friendly that alien was. Otherwise, he would be arguing with the robot and calling him a sanctimonious scatterbrain.
You may be a Star Trek fan. Similarly to Lost in Space, isn't it interesting how all the planets that the Starship Enterprise visited seemed to have breathable air and how all the aliens on that show spoke fluent English? The late Gene Roddenberry could have at least explained to us how those things were possible. I guess we'll never know the truth about it.
Some of you may be old enough to remember the Wow! signal from 1977. People around the world thought that we were all actually going to find conclusive evidence of intelligent life on other planets. During that same year, the film titled Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the film titled Star Wars kept movie theaters busy all over the world as people rushed to see those two cinematographic masterpieces.
Most of us likely remember seeing the 1982 film titled E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in the movie theater as a memorable part of our youth. If you're an older person reading this article of mine here, you may have taken your children or grandchildren to see that same film in the movie theater.
A large number of us would like to think that if we were ever to make contact with extraterrestrials, they would be friendly with us and would even assist us in advancing our technology and perfecting our medical science. I personally am a skeptic on whether intelligent life really does exist beyond our solar system. My brother-in-law once got into a disagreement with me regarding the possibility of whether we humans or rather Earthlings were alone in the universe. I side with Occam's razor; and I contend that if we haven't found any intelligent civilizations anywhere in the universe other than here on Earth, then we never will do so. My school of thought is not without merit. Below is a YouTube video that backs up my skepticism in this respect.
A Physicist Has Explained Why We've Never Seen Extraterrestrials
Artificial Light Holds The Answers To Almost Everything
Have you ever heard of artificial light? If you haven't heard of it, let me paint a picture in your head of what it is. Let's pretend that you are working on the International Space Station that is currently orbiting the Earth, and you happen to look down at the Western Hemisphere that is on the night side of our planet when you do so. When you look down at where Los Angeles is or at where Chicago or New York City are, you're going to notice that those cities are lit up like Christmas trees. It is because at nighttime, the street lights come on. Lights shine out from the windows of skyscrapers. Neon lighting decorates the nocturnal city scenery throughout these major metropolitan areas. There is light everywhere in those cities so that people walking or driving around can see where they are going.
From the International Space Station that is orbiting our planet, you are witnessing what is called artificial light inasmuch as it is not natural light that is coming from our sun or from any other natural sources such as lightning or a volcano. It is light that humankind has invented.
Now that the James Webb Space Telescope has been launched into outer space, scientists are going to use this same very powerful telescope in an attempt to detect artificial light on the night side of our closest interstellar neighbor Proxima Centauri B. Proxima Centauri B is a planet in the Proxima Centauri solar system that is 4.2 light years away from the Earth. Of course, if such a discovery were made, it would most likely be found on the night side of that planet near where it meets with the day side of it for reasons that I point out further on herein.
The reason that Proxima Centauri B is called an exoplanet is because it falls within the habitable zone, also known as the Goldilocks zone, of the dwarf star Proxima Centauri's solar system. In other words, it has been discovered that this same planet may be able to sustain life as successfully as the Earth does, and scientists want to find out whether or not intelligent life thrives on this same planet. Below you can watch a video that describes this same telescope and its designated operation.
The James Webb Space Telescope May Detect Artificial Light On Proxima Centauri B
Now, even though I am a very strong skeptic regarding whether intelligent life exists beyond our solar system, I am still going to be interested in what findings the James Webb Space Telescope will make after it does telescopically probe Proxima Centauri B for artificial light. If it does indeed find artificial light on that planet, such findings will answer a significant number of scientific questions ahead of time.
Not only will we know that there is intelligent life on Proxima Centauri B in that event, but we will know that such a planet has to have clean, drinkable water on it inasmuch as living creatures cannot exist without it. Such a revelation will also tell us that there has to be plant life on that planet, because intelligent life cannot thrive without plant life. If there is plant life, then there also either has to be bees of some kind or at least hummingbirds to pollinate that plant life. Otherwise, the agriculture could not survive on that planet. In that event, a whole host of questions will be answered that we would have had to have found out by some other means.
This planet does not rotate the way that the Earth does. In other words, as Mercury does with our sun, this planet has one side that always faces its sun and another side that is always in darkness. Nevertheless, it would still be possible for intelligent beings to exist in the areas of the planet where the night side and the day side meet inasmuch as the temperatures and the atmospheric conditions there would make it possible. For that reason, the James Webb Space Telescope would most likely detect artificial life on the night side of that planet where the night side meets with the day side, if at all.
Planets with more conducive atmospheric conditions for human life than those of the Earth have been discovered throughout our universe. In fact, there are at least 24 exoplanets that have been detected in our universe. Below is a video about them.
Evidence Shows That Someday We May Be Able To Colonize On Other Planets
Now, do any of these 24 exoplanets necessarily have intelligent life on them? I always take the skeptical approach to it, because the human race's genesis was something very random and could have just as easily never happened at all. Nevertheless, if the James Webb Space Telescope does discover artificial light on Proxima Centauri B and, therefore, there can be no question that there is actually intelligent life on that planet, I will be the first to admit that I am wrong to anyone I have contradicted after hearing their opinions that we are not alone in this universe.
If the James Webb Space Telescope gives us the definite answer that intelligent life exists on Proxima Centauri B, I will be just as excited as any of you are that we have finally discovered the presence of aliens on other planets outside our solar system. However, like many of us, I will be left with one troubling question afterwards. What will scientists do about this discovery afterwards? No matter how we look at it, such a discovery will be taking us all into uncharted territory inasmuch as this will be the first time that we will have found conclusive evidence that extraterrestrials do exist.
Establishing Contact With Alien Beings Could Be Opening Up Pandora's Box
Beyond all the excitement and intrigue of discovering intelligent life on another planet, we all still need to take into consideration that Proxima Centauri B has a much different situation than the Earth does in terms of how it sustains life on its surface. It is true that Proxima Centauri B orbits its sun, Proxima Centauri, within that solar system's habitable zone. However, Proxima Centauri is a dwarf star, and Proxima Centauri B is closer to it than the Earth is to our sun. Therefore, it likely gets hit with more solar radiation than the Earth does.
We don't yet know how strong of a magnetosphere Proxima Centauri B has in comparison with that of the Earth. A magnetosphere is extremely important for a planet to sustain intelligent life, because it keeps cosmic radiation from entering into its atmosphere and harming its inhabitants. Radiation can cause intelligent life to mutate in detrimental ways. Even if Proxima Centauri B has a stronger magnetosphere, if any, than the Earth does, we still have to consider that it only takes 11 to 12 Earth days for it to orbit its sun (Proxima Centauri).
All of these above-described differences between Proxima Centauri B and the Earth could significantly impact the way that intelligent life may have developed on that planet. Some scientists argue that because evolution of life has to undergo a specific pattern for it to become successful, there is a likelihood that intelligent beings on other planets outside our solar system are going to look similar, if not identical, to us. Other scientists disagree.
Merely by comparing the physical features of one ethnic group or one race with those of another here on Earth, it becomes clear to us that people from different parts of our world differ significantly from one another in that respect. That is, a native-born Indian could never be mistaken for a Norwegian and vice versa, and Eskimos look nothing like Sub-Saharan African people of color.
Now, let's try to imagine how much different Homo Sapiens are going to look from people on Earth if they have evolved on a planet that is 4.2 light years away from us and that planet has different ecological characteristics than ours. They will probably appear to us as noticeably different from us.
We also have to consider the possibility that they may not even be Homo Sapiens at all. Some scientists have argued that if the dinosaurs had not been wiped out of existence here on our planet, humans would never have existed and dinosaurs may have evolved into intelligent beings that formed modern civilizations throughout our planet. In other words, a reptilian race would now inhabit our planet instead of us in that event. Such a turn of events could have taken place on Proxima Centauri B. Therefore, these intelligent beings would be very different from us, and we would have to take into consideration whether we could trust them.
The late Stephen Hawking warned us all not to contact alien civilizations, because he believed that we could be opening up the doorway to major problems that would come our way from wherever they are. Below is a video wherein he explains his reasons for giving us that same warning.
The Late Stephen Hawking Warned Us To Avoid Alien Contact At All Costs
The late Stephen Hawking was a very brilliant man, and he always knew what he was talking about. If the James Webb Space Telescope detects artificial light on the night side of Proxima Centauri B and world leaders decide that they want our scientific communities to make contact with the intelligent beings on that planet, it may not end very well for us.
Perhaps these intelligent beings will have advanced enough technology that they will be able to travel across space faster than the speed of light and they will be able to land a spaceship here on Earth within a matter of months or even weeks. In the beginning, everyone will be anxious to find out whatever we can about these intelligent beings. Our world leaders will likely extend these intelligent beings invitation after invitation to ship more of them to our planet under the belief that they are simply droves of scientists who want to find out whatever they can about our planet and our people.
If all goes well, these intelligent beings from Proxima Centauri B may decide to assist us in advancing our technology and medical science to bring it up to speed with theirs. That is, if we are to assume that they are decent individuals, it may turn out that they are only looking to make valuable contributions to our well-being and prosperity. However, in view of Stephen Hawking's above-described warning, we have to look at this entire picture from a worst case scenario.
Scientists and other scholars have brought up the fact that whenever advanced civilizations here on Earth have traveled to foreign lands where primitive civilizations have lived, the outcomes for the primitive civilizations have seldom ever been good. All we have to do is look at the history of how the Conquistadors mistreated the Aztecs and the Mayas in Mexico. The British colonists committed their fair share of injustices against the Native Americans here in the United States of America as our nation was forming. If an intelligent civilization exists on Proxima Centauri B that is more advanced than ours, we could all be confronted with the same tragic outcome.
At first, perhaps it may appear that once we have established contact with intelligent beings on Proxima Centauri B, they may send groups of their scientists here to study our planet and everything about it. Meanwhile, they may surreptitiously be trying to make whatever findings they can about our weaknesses so that they can come up with inventive ways to get rid of us from this planet and claim it as their own afterwards.
There will likely never be a war between us and alien creatures like in the 1996 film titled Independence Day or in the H. G. Wells science-fiction novel titled The War of the Worlds. However, what could happen is that more and more of these alien beings from Proxima Centauri B could continue on traveling to our planet until there got to be so many of them here that we would be way too outnumbered by them for us to do anything to defend ourselves from their plans to overpower us in some way or another.
Our world leaders would not likely catch on to the fact that these same alien beings were ultimately seeking to gang up on us until it was too late. This sort of tactic has been done to nations and even to entire empires. You only have to read about the Trojan Horse in the Greek myth titled Helen of Troy to get a good idea of what I am describing. The Ancient Greeks were ahead of their time in coming up with this same idea for one of their myths.
Once the above-described alien beings were to overrun us, we would have no effective way of fighting back inasmuch as their military technology would be thousands of years, perhaps even millions of years, ahead of ours. It would be the end of life as we know it or possibly the end of all Earth-born human life. We all must look before we leap despite any eagerness we may have to come in contact with extraterrestrial civilizations.
Final Thoughts And Conclusion
The universe is a dangerous and vast place. NASA has spoken about launching our world's first interstellar space mission in 2069. Woah! How many of us will still be alive by then? If you're a millennial, you will still be very old when that year rolls around.
Our Earth has enough of its own dangers. I'm not just describing natural disasters but also international conflicts. Take a look at the United States of America, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and Russia. How well do all of these nations get along with one another? If you watch or read the news just about every day, then you know the immediate answer to that question. Therefore, if we humans here on Earth don't even get along with one another, what can we expect to happen if we make contact with intelligent beings in other solar systems?
I am skeptical to believe that there is intelligent life out there in the universe. However, if the James Webb Space Telescope should miraculously discover an alien civilization on Proxima Centauri B and we make contact with those beings, we may be importing very serious problems from far away to our planet. The inhabitants of that world may be more advanced than we are and they may even be more intelligent and smarter than we are, but they will not necessarily have a better moral compass than any of us do.
If there really is intelligent life out there in the universe beyond our solar system, then I am just as eager as you are to find out about it. However, nothing says that we have to establish contact with alien civilizations whose history and value system we know nothing about. They could even be cannibals for all we know, and we certainly do not want to end up on any extraterrestrial creature's menu.
The late Stephen Hawking gave scientific communities around the world some good constructive criticism about avoiding contact with alien beings at all costs. If we currently do not have the technology to travel to these distant planets within a short period of time, we will not have the technology to fight any alien civilization that we establish contact with on these planets if they decide that they want to erase our existence from the Earth and claim our planet as their own.
If we discover alien beings on Proxima Centauri B, they may develop plans to colonize on our planet. However, they may also have intentions to obliterate us all from the Earth so that we won't be able to stand in the way of those same plans. If you place importance on national security in your country, then you have to agree with me that our world security as a planet is equally as important. As an American, I get it. I hope that everyone throughout the world can also get it.
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