Look, it's some coral -- holy shit, NO WAY, it's an octopus!
Noah and I were watching this Nova about Origins, and this episode was about Aliens and Are They Out There? It was a rather well-done program, although they never touched on any string/multiverse theory, but it gave us lots to think about, including relativistic generational longevity and its effect on mutational evolution vis-a-vis the timeframe of human intelligence.
But most radical of all was their segment on cephalops and how they've evolved into this super-smart beings who have amazing camouflage skills -- within seconds, their entire bodies change colors and patterns to blend in with their surroundings. It's orgasmically beautiful to watch, as one can see in this clip.
I love science more than anything else in the whole world.
The show made some very interesting points about the potential of life on other planets (like jupiter's moon, europa, which is covered in water) and of discovering new planets and the possibility that someday we will find intelligent life out there. It's just so sad that SETI is still scanning the sky for radio frequencies ... because when SETI was developed, Radio was about as far as we could think in terms of communication ... and now there's no money to rework the setups to reflect modern developments in methods of communication. However ... if one were to make the movie about a current SETI-esque search for life, I would sure hope they'd take future-thinking theories about information dissemination into consideration when designing their communication creation.
When I was a kid, I asked my dad if he believed in aliens and he said that he imagined there was a planet out there that was younger than ours, that perhaps right at that very second there were dinosaurs roaming the surface of that planet.
Of course, multiverse theory essentially implies that if you can think it, it *must* exist. I like that quite a lot.
But then, I love nothing more than to thing about quantum physics and cosmology. If you'll forgive me, I'm going to tuck myself in and think happy thoughts about quanta.