Our Innate Complexity
Why we have the capability to see stars which we will never be able to visit. Stars like Betelgeuse or Orion nebula triplet stars, or Sirius, all of which we can clearly see unaided, that lurks in the range of around 800 light years, should not have been allowed to be seen, in the first place. What is the point of seeing it, if it is inaccessible? Deep space galactic structures like the Great Walls, which spans billions of light years across, are of truly fascinating of scale. How come human mind which evolved in a mediocre rocky planet, in an uninteresting rim of an average galaxy think of such ginormous scales? It is certainly not a capability we developed through evolution. Or is it? Quantifiably, there is not a orders magnitude difference between the physical dimensions of our brain when compared to our other fellow primates. And it is just maybe a million of years that we have had our distinct evolutionary path from a common ancestor. But a million years of evolution did wonders to what constructs our minds can think of. It is like exponentially increasing brain power. Do we have anything special or are we just a cog in the great machine of evolution? Would our species gets transformed into a multiplanetary cyborg species as Elon Musk envisions?
Arthur C Clark once said that either we are the only sentient species or not. It’s terrifying in both cases. If life is common everywhere, then it is a property of the universe. At some point life and matter becomes indistinguishable. Consciousness will be materialistic in origin and nature. On the other hand, if we are alone in the universe, it is a much more terrifying prospect. The only possible explanation would be that we are intentionally placed here, and the consciousness may be some window to the creator. The ability to fathom the magnitudes of the universe would be specific to us.