The original Star Trek had a similar episode.Originally Posted by macroWhy is it that when the potential for life in other places is discussed on TV or whatever, they very often rule out certain locations as uninhabitable? I've heard them say things like "it's too hot", "it's too cold", "its gasses are poisonous", etc. My question has always been "So, what if their bodies are equipped to like temperatures of 500 degrees? What if those "poison" gasses suit their "lungs" just fine? Why is the definition of what is fit for life always based on the assumption that the rules of earth apply everywhere?
I have a theory about the potential for alien visitors. It's based on an episode of The Twilight Zone. (Okay, stop laughing or rolling your eyes - I'm being serious here. Keep in mind that I'm no physics expert, though.)
In this episode of the Rod Serling classic, human space travelers arrive on another planet and find that everything and everybody looks pretty much like Earth. Thing is, nobody or nothing appears to be moving. They later discover that everything is, in fact, in motion, but it's going so slowly that they can't detect the movement, much as we don't see the movement of hands on a clock. As best I remember, the people on this planet didn't know they were there, because they were moving so fast in relation to how fast those people's brains detected and processed speed, much like we can't see a bullet when it's shot from a gun.
So, is it possible that people are visiting right now, and we just cant see them because they're so fast in relation to what our brains can process and our eyes can see? Or do I need to stop taking Rod Serling so seriously?