Aliens Unexplained

Dark Matter and Aliens–Is There A Connection?

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably laid in bed at night wondering, “Where are all the aliens?” Radio astronomer Frank Drake once estimated that there are 10,000 advanced civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy alone. This calculation is known as the Drake equation. Carl Sagan upped the number to a million.
drake equation
And these figures are based on carbon-based life forms that evolved on Earth-like planets. We’re not even counting alien races based upon arsenic, chlorine, sulfur, nitrogen, phosphorous or perhaps a compound we’ve never even encountered. In the novel Solaris, Stanislaw Lem presented an alien consciousness that was an entire oceanic planet. Stephen Hawking has speculated that there could be exotic forms of consciousness inside stars, or even black holes. Think outside the Milky Way, among the billions of other galaxies, how many different forms of alien consciousness there could be. It is truly mind-boggling.

But if there are so many alien civilizations out there, why haven’t we heard from them? This question is known as the Fermi paradox. In such a massive universe that is supposedly teeming with life, where is everybody? Yes, the distances are incomprehensibly vast, but thousands, perhaps millions of these civilizations have likely been evolving for aeons. Wouldn’t they have figured out some way to bypass this problem?

Futurists like Ray Kurzweil say they would as the result of a technological singularity. Intelligent civilizations such as ourselves, says Kurzweil, are destined to evolve into super-intelligent, possibly machine-based beings whose computational powers grow exponentially. After such a singularity, we would be able to harness the power of our own sun in order to accomplish interstellar feats only dreamed of in science fiction.
wormhole space travel

But if this form of evolution is inevitable, and if there are tens of thousands of advanced civilizations, why have we not detected any form of sentient communication or signal? If intelligent life in our universe is destined to transcend biological constraints and wield the power of suns and even galactic cores, why can we not see a single relic of its presence? Where are the Dyson spheres, exotic forms of energy and solar system-sized starships? If post-singularity beings are out there, as indeed they should be, saturating the universe with intelligence, why can’t we see the residue of their work, or even a trace of their existence? Again, the Fermi paradox rears its ugly head.
virtual reality computronium
Some have speculated that the reason aliens are MIA is that they have chosen to be. After evolving to a certain state they have acquired the ability to live in virtual space indefinitely. This would be safer than the harsh constraints of physical matter.

But is it realistic to think that every single advanced alien civilization has chosen this path? Of the ones that have experienced the kind of technological singularity necessary to harness their own star power, at least a few of them should have cast off signals of some kind. Now scientists are saying that the search for Dyson spheres may be the next great search for SETI and alien hunters. But in the meantime, why the overwhelming silence?
dark matter
An explanation that has rarely, if ever, been offered is that advanced, post-singularity alien consciousness actually encompasses most of the known universe by harnessing the power of dark matter. Dark matter and dark energy combined, which are said to comprise over 90% of the known universe, are barely understood at all. One thing we do know is that they are causing the universe to expand at an increasing rate.

Is it possible that dark matter is actually a form of computronium, a hypothetical, programmable substance that may be created by civilizations who are so technologically advanced that they can convert regular matter into computational power? Computronium could be used by a Kardeshev type III or IV civilization to essentially turn the universe into a giant conscious computer that can run simulations and replenish its own energy.

Perhaps the reason we don’t hear from any aliens is because the ones who would have the ability to communicate with us are wrapped up in far more important matters, like reshaping the universe, or perhaps creating a new one. After all, without intervention, someday all the stars will burn out. An intelligent civilization with the power of stars, galaxies, dark matter and black holes at their disposal would likely be figuring out how to transform the physical universe into a collective mind.


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  • I found this theory very intriguing. First time I’ve heard of it. Computronium. Very very intriguing…

  • VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2009 ( Both scientists and beeveilrs posit that life is a special outcome in a vast and mostly inhospitable universe, and to study this common understanding, the Vatican brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to work on and study astrobiology.The conclusions of the five-day work-study were presented today by a Jesuit priest and leading professors from Italy, France and the United States. (not the Pope) Astrobiology is the study of life’s relationship to the rest of the cosmos, one of the professors explained. Its major themes include the origin of life and its precursor materials, the evolution of life on earth, and its future prospects on and off the earth. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Vatican Observatory hosted the study days. (not the Pope) Presenting the conclusions today were Jesuit Father Jose9 Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory; Jonathan Lunine, professor at the department of physics in Rome’s Tor Vergata University; Chris Impey, professor at the department of astronomy in the University of Arizona and the Steward Observatory, Tucson; and Athena Coustenis, professor at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, in France. (not the Pope)Father Funes explained that the Vatican is involved in astrobiology because, although it is an emerging field and still a developing subject, the questions of life’s origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very interesting and deserve serious consideration. These questions offer many philosophical and theological implications. Hub of scholarsLunine said the study days provided a special opportunity since it was interdisciplinary and gave scientists the chance to spend an intensive week understanding how the work in their particular specialty might have an impact on, or be impacted by, that in other areas. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work being done on how life formed on the earth and evolved with the changing environment, he observed. It is becoming clear that Earth’s climate has not been particularly stable over time, and major environmental crises have occurred that are documented in the geologic record. How life has responded to this, and what the implications might be for Earth-like planets around other stars with somewhat different histories, cuts across all the disciplines of astrobiology from astronomy, to planetary and geological sciences, to biology. Self-imageImpey spoke of the possibilities of life outside of Earth. In the past 15 years, technological breakthroughs have led to the discovery of over 400 planets beyond the solar system, he explained, noting that the smallest of these is not much more massive than the Earth. Meanwhile, the Arizona-based professor continued, lab experiments have made progress in tracing the processes by which simple chemical ingredients might have evolved into cells about four billion years ago, and scientists have discovered life in surprisingly diverse, inhospitable environments on the Earth. It is plausibly estimated that there are hundreds of millions of habitable locations in the Milky Way, which is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe. We still only know of one planet with life: our own. But there is a palpable expectation that the universe harbors life and there is hope that the first discovery is only a few years away, the scholar suggested. Impey acknowledged that making contact with an intelligent species in space would have profound implications for our self-image. It is appropriate that a meeting on this frontier topic is hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, he stated. The motivations and methodologies might differ, but both science and religion posit life as a special outcome of a vast and mostly inhospitable universe. There is a rich middle ground for dialogue between the practitioners of astrobiology and those who seek to understand the meaning of our existence in a biological universe. THIS WAS A WORKSHOP FOR SCIENTISTS, NOT AN INFALLIBLY DECLARED ENCYCLICAL

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  • Matthew C. Senay

    Dear Creator,

    I am making a video that I will post online. I would like to use your image of the Drake equation. To whom should I assign credit for this image?

    Thank you.

    • Hmmmm, attribute it to the stars…no, really, we don’t know.

    • The Ghost Diaries

      It’s not our image. It belongs to Frank Drake and is available for public use as a source of information under Fair Use.

  • LK901

    Very, very, very interesting…. Great website, btw!

  • Archie Meijer

    I’ve seen this sort of explanation that they have other things to do and don’t want to contact us used many times. But you can’t just explain the lack of contact from aliens based on the general disposition of their civilization. There would be many, many aliens in that civilization. The fact that individuals or groups within the civilization with their own ideas haven’t contacted us suggests the alien civilizations are actively enforcing against contact and that this enforcement must be sufficiently robust so as to prevent contact.

  • Nick

    Fantastic article. But you imply that all of the thousands and thousands of civilisations of our galaxy are already in a more advanced state than us. There are certainly a lot still at our stage or close to, which would send TV signals and satellite signals. Moreover, with the distances involved, signals that were emitted by civilisation before getting to the singularity would still be traveling through space, and eventually reach us… wouldn’t they?

  • xenosing

    Singularity level aliens would wait for evolving civilizations to discover them. A sort of non-intervention policy.