Na Royal Society, Londres, a 25 e 26 de Janeiro, realizou-se um colóquio sobre a vida extraterrestre. Título original: "The detection of extraterrestrial life and the consequences for science and society."
«The meeting involved some of the world’s foremost scientific authorities in the search for extraterrestrial life. Leading the field were astrobiologists arguing the inevitability of biological evolutionary process taking off on exoplanets with similar conditions to Earth. [...].
The conclusions of the conference over the inevitability of extraterrestrial life being eventually discovered was affirmed by Lord Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society. In a Daily Telegraph news report released on Monday February 22, he said:
They could be staring us in the face and we just don’t recognise them. The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology… I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains. »
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The eerie silence: are we alone in the Universe? - Events Diary - The Royal Society