Remember CHONPS — the acronym you learned in high school to remember the elements most important for life?
Adam Frank (University of Rochester) interviewed fellow astrophysicist Avi Loeb (Harvard) about the future possibility of detecting “techno-signatures” from space.
Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design.
If life in the universe is singular, if we’re it and there is no other life, whether intelligent or otherwise, what’s the bad news about that, and what’s the good news?
“Remove the sun,” wrote Isaac Asimov, “and the human brain would not have developed.”