October 25, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

Extraterrestrials Likely to Be Unicellular

An AP story printed at HeraldNet jokes that extraterrestrial life probably won’t look like “the negligee-clad Number 6 from [Battlestar] Galactica, the television series that features a genocidal war between humans and their robot creations.”  Instead, according to the authors of a new book about extraterrestrial life, you would need a microscope to see it.  Seth Shostak of SETI Institute, however, only partly agrees.  Most worlds would be sterile, and most with life would have unicellular life – but with hundreds of billions of planets in our galaxy, he is confident some will have aliens able to carry on a conversation.  Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Louis N. Irwin, authors of Life in the Universe, suggest Titan as a good bet for alien life of the microbe kind.

This article has all the usual airy SETI fluff.  It is pathetic to see these aimless wanderings in speculation space get associated with science.  Life in the Universe was inspired by Star Trek, not chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.  No other religion than secular materialism could get away with scientific carelessness at this level.  It could be termed “rigor mortis.”

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