(The title is actually the header of the article and should be changed as this guy's words have clearly been taken out of context, but here you go)

ALIENS could be among us - but we just cannot recognize them, Britain's top astronomer has said.

The Sun reported that Lord Martin Rees said the visitors might be in a form beyond human understanding.

Lord Rees, president of the Royal Society academy of science and also astronomer to the Queen, said: "They could be staring us in the face and we just don't recognize them."

The respected professor went on: "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 that we can't conceive.

"Just as a chimpanzee can't understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality which are beyond the capacity of our brains."

Lord Rees' comments raise the possibility of aliens being here - in the shape of anyone or anything.

He spoke out shortly after hosting the first conference on the possibility of alien life in the Royal Society's 350-year-history.

He also told highbrow Prospect magazine better telescopes meant the chance of finding life on other planets was "greater than ever."


what are your thought? how might we go about identifying other life forms? what is the definition of "life"? how would we avoid fooling ourselves with natural processes and intelligent processes? i read somewhere that life could be considered that which actively reduces entropy. could that be argued?


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Comment by EstrellaFugaz on March 6, 2010 at 7:10pm
As it is portraited it mimics those kinds of 'conspiracy theories' about the queen being an alien an that....

Comment by Mikhayl Von Riebon on February 24, 2010 at 4:31pm
An amusing question but i would have though one would automatically imply the other. i guess the question is, if god has a definitive form, would this not be a limitation? and if so would this not be in contradiction to the idea that god is infinite (limitless?) perhaps it is we who are the image (physical limitation) of god?

its particularly interesting observing the backwards step the catholic church has made in respects to the existence of extra terrestrial life. but why it would be denied, when the christian god and the angels themselves could be considered an extra terrestrial intelligence, is very strange.

who knows. lets play an imagination game! what forms might you think extra terrestrial intelligence could take? why? and how would this function?
Comment by Donald Weetman Cameron on February 23, 2010 at 4:56pm
Many if not most humans believe we were made in the image of God. Does that mean that we look like God, or does that mean that God looks like us?

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