Cosmic Perspective

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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5 Responses to Cosmic Perspective

  1. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    As The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tells us (Ch. 8) “”Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is.

  2. Psudo says:

    You might think it’s a long way to the druggist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.

    One argument discrediting extraterrestrial life visiting on UFOs is that even assuming billions of species searching the universe for us, it’d likely take longer than the history of the universe for one of them to find us.

  3. Master Cook says:

    Psudo makes a good point. The sheer size of the universe and the scale of its history does make it statistically likely for intelligent life to exist on more than one planet, as Carl Sagan argued. However, it makes it highly improbable, if not impossible, for intelligent life to form on two planets within reach of each other (remember you can’t go faster than the speed of light) and in the same time span.

    Recently, I saw an argument made by a scientist that once a civilization gains the technology for travel beyond its original planet, it also gains the technology to destroy itself and eventually will, if it doesn’t overexploit the planet to get at whatever is fueling the spacecraft.

  4. Master Cook says:

    Also, the whole SETI program is misconceived, it is based too much on the assumption that any intelligent life on other planets will be fairly like humans and will communicate in the same way.

  5. Lichanos says:

    @Master Cook:

    Also, the whole SETI program is misconceived.
    Totally agree with this!

    …the scale of its history does make it statistically likely for intelligent life to exist on more than one planet.
    Don’t agree with this. See my post on Ernst Mayr’s thoughts about it: