(…like some 1284 other stars each with planets…some perhaps just like ours)

It seems that researchers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope have concluded that just in our own galaxy…the Milky Way…there are some 1284 stars similar to our own sun…some perhaps with planets just like ours. That is, from among those planets there actually could be as many as 9 of them in the right kind of orbit and distance from those suns which makes them potentially… habitable.

The key for these being habitable is if they’re in the right temperature zones which allow H2O (water) to pool into liquid form. It’s that form of water which provides the matrix for sustaining life forms…perhaps like own.

Of course, if any of their astro-physical data is true, it could upset a lot of folks who have been theologically taught that we humans are…unique…in this universe; so, the possibility that there is more out there than we thought might give them some serious problems about how to revise their theologies…besides having extreme heartburn about it.

Frankly, we don’t have any problem with the possibility that with all those billions, if not trillions, of stars out there in the “universe” there just might be a few having a planet or two similar to our Earth, and home to other sentient critters like ourselves. Aside from the laws of probability making that a potential reality, it also seems only logical that any “creator” entity might want to not only just replicate what is here on Earth, but also, to see if a couple of tweaks here and there, might not result with improved models of what we call… humans.

Let’s face it given our record of performance to date…a few upgrades to our brains’ DNA… could certainly result with “improved” models of our kind…somewhere…out there. Whether such “improved” models would resemble leprechauns (like little green Martians), or large ogre-like oafs, is hard to say. Presumably that would depend on the environment in which they’re implanted, and how well they’ve been able to adapt to it.

Much of this is pure speculation, of course, and since these other worlds are so many light years beyond our reach (and possibly theirs as well) we’ll have to wait and see until Star Trek craft like the Enterprise, capable of warp speeds to zip through such light year distances in a mere blink of time, allows us to verify it all for us.

Until then we’ll have to make do with…virtual…rather than…actual…reality.