In my book and this blog, I've talked about how there could be other completely different ways of expressing matter and energy that would still rightly be called "life", but perhaps those other formulations exist only within other parts of the multiverse landscape. Perhaps when we do finally find life elsewhere in the universe, the "fine-tuning" of our universe's conditions will have created forms that only seem as alien as the strange assortment of creatures we can find on our own planet.
Watching the above BBC documentary about these strange and beautiful creatures found off the coast of south Australia reminded me strongly of what I was talking about in that blog. In fact, we've become so accustomed to seeing photographically realistic alien life forms in movies now, I'm sure there are a good many of us who first looked at the above movie clip and assumed we were looking at computer-generated imagery!
Here's the video for Alien Mathematics:
A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49sVWNYyqWk
In my book "O is for Omniverse", W is for water. Why? Because no matter where you go, that's the one thing all life on our planet shares in common. No water, no life. There have been scientific studies suggesting other building blocks could possibly have been used to create life on other planets, but that remains to be seen. Wouldn't it be interesting if it turns out that our universe's uniquely fine-tuned basic physical laws resulted in water being the one thing that all life in the universe shares?
My song Change and Renewal starts and ends with a prayer to the healing and rejuvenating powers of water.
A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blVNWkbPlII
Enjoy the journey,
PS and thanks Dana for showing me this fascinating sea dragons video!
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