[quote="chimo, post:14, topic:314853"]
It was just a line from a movie that got you thinking, that's all. If you are not interesting in this vast universe except for this earth that is your priveledge.
I don't know why you would say that or think I thought that?
I was only recounting some things I learned in a first semester online astronomy course. One not a prerequisite for my major.
I did not realize how vast the universe was until I took that course. But it helped to re-frame some of my perspective. I also did not realize how empty outer-space is.
But one theme in the pedagogy of the sciences of biology, chemistry, and astronomy at my university I've begun to notice is that of attempting to get the student to have some idea of measurable scale. "Big" or "small" aren't sufficient communicators of the scales of a cell with a selectively permeable membrane with all its organelles organized and seemingly intelligently functioning, or the sheer size of the universe those cells form and live in.
Some of us like to venture beyond this earth because God created it as well. If we put more of energy in the awesome realities of God's creation we would be thinking more about Him. I am open to the fact our God is bigger than this earth. But that does not take away what people think about when they only think of this earth. If we broaden our horizons a bit either way this is what the character means when he says "wasted space". He is just saying it is good if we just be open to other possibilities.
I'm not nor was I discouraging anyone from venturing beyond planet earth.
I was speaking about the sheer size and emptiness of outer-space. Also, science fiction and relegating one's self to facts, laws, theories and what can be known or not known, as the scientific process goes, are not necessarily the same thing. The former might inspire the research or hypotheses in the latter but it is not in and of itself science.
Science is big on quantification and drawing from facts. I believe in angels for example. Science would require proof of their existence not what "I believe" and it would ask me further to quantify how many angels there are, at least give an approximation. If possible it would want to know the molecular structure of these being and how they derive energy. Are angles made of elements unknown to humans and not on the periodic table?
Talk of intelligent creatures on other planets strikes me as a biology student as akin to speculating on the make-up of angelic creatures. Neither are science. The only thing we o know of life let alone intelligent life is from planet earth. Plus, I think a biologist along with bio-mathematican Ian Stewart have pondered if intelligent life in a galaxy light years away may be essentially incorporeal beings. Christians say angels are incorporeal beings. But see how serious someone in science takes you or atheists take you if you openly question and ponder if angels inhabit planets far away from earth?