Jikan wrote:I bring this up because it seems to me Mahayana not only posits extraterrestrial life, but also extraterrestrial Buddhahood.
Huseng wrote:When you think about it, it isn't really useful. Even if we did pick up a signal there might be some rejoicing and surprise for a few weeks, but after that nothing would change. We'd still be stuck on earth and unlikely to ever be able to physically travel to another solar system. We're still on a planet with finite resources and limited room for growth.
Nevertheless, they spend taxpayers' money on looking for stardust elsewhere that might want to talk.
shel wrote:A drop in the bucket compared to the trillion dollar military budget, so if that's the issue...
jeeprs wrote:And I do agree that, for many people, space is indeed 'the final frontier' and something that symbolizes the nearest thing that most modern people understand to immortality. In fact, maybe it is an echo of the ancient idea of heaven being 'up there' or 'out there'.
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