There's a lot of talk over this new planet found....Kepler 452b. They think it's a Earth-like planet, 1,400 light years from Earth.....with water. So far, it's the most Earth-like planet they've come across. Naturally, this suggests the idea of life and this gets folks all excited.
I have a natural curiosity about such things and probably have spent more than a fair amount of time examining the issue of other planets and possible life.
I've come to this one observation. Earth was pretty much on a process of life which was heavily determined by dinosaurs. The predator-like process of life on Earth for millions of years.....was run by the dinosaurs and NOT by humans. Only after a couple of chaotic events where dinosaurs got wiped out.....did humans gain the upper hand and flourish.
On another planet? Well....here's the thing. If they didn't have some meteor hit the planet....there's a pretty high probability that the dinosaurs still rule the process of the planet and whatever humans exist.....are in a marginal status of survival (worrying about food and being hunted are their only priorities). Getting to an advanced stage? It'll never happen without the meteor wiping out the dinosaurs.....like it did here.
So, it's a million-to-one chance that you ever find a living planet....where dinosaurs have died off and humans are flourishing. You might find tons of living planets with dinosaurs or similar creatures. But beyond that? No.
I suspect in a hundred years.....we will have the capacity to travel at great speeds, and make this trip to Kepler 452b, and kinda discover that there's a lot of dinosaurs there but humans never get ahead on the power curve.
The natural question to ask here.....would we assist these cave-like humans in some way upon finding the situation as it is....killing off their dinosaurs and helping to advance to the next step? Would we have some ethical debate with the pro-dinosaur crowd and the pro-human crowd? Would we be on harsh mission of sorts, with serious implications about helping to advance the right crowd or wrong crowd?
Oddly, the minute that word got back to Earth.....a bold new planet has been explored and tons of dinosaurs discovered....I imagine that thousands of people would want to do a tour of the planet and experience dinosaurs first-hand.
In a way, I guess I'm even a bit excited about Kepler 452b.