Monday, August 16, 2004

Churches look to galactic neighbourhood watch

The church has joined the traditional knot of scientists and philosophers looking for signs of life in the cosmos, writes Lucy Beaumont.

This Tuesday night, as part of National Science Week, a panel of philosophers and scientists will gather at St Michael's Uniting Church and ask: "Is there anyone out there?" What the eminent speakers will be concerned with though, is how earthlings would take the news that they are all alone in the universe.

Brad Gibson, professor of astrophysics and deputy director of the Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, believes that life indeed exists. "Whether that is of the single cell or bacterial-style life form or the three-headed monster variety, my biased opinion is that the former is more likely," he said. Humanity's quest to locate its galactic neighbours had only just begun, said Professor Gibson. FULL STORY