October 04, 2009

From Joop Gerritse:

Re: Exotic life forms: looking for life as we don’t know it (Sept. 23): As the article points out, we should consider the possibility of life at much lower temperatures, but the Arrhenius equation suggests that they may also evolve much more slowly. Their sense of time may be completely different from ours, and we might find ourselves completely unable to communicate with them-- at least if we do not realize this. In fact, I could even generalize: couldn’t we “talk” to plants, once we realize that we need a lot of patience? And what would we communicate?

Joop Gerritse


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