Well, that’s a downer. A large Neptune was discovered. But, oh, just imagine the day we discover another Earth-like planet.
Great article for anyone hoping to step beyond the obvious fallacy of humanoid aliens and their impeccable knowledge of English (often even nailing our accents perfectly). As a writer, I think this is a legitimate way to let yourself off the hook from developing fake languages too. Our language abilities are a specific function, an accident really, of our evolutionary development. Anything else in the universe that has developed language skills has almost certainly done so in totally separate means, perhaps not even by using oxygen. Chemical reactions releasing pheromones, “facial”/sign language systems, and yes maybe even a little telepathy are all totally on the table. But vocal fold vibration probably isn’t.
A good read on the probability (or improbability) of other intelligent life.
Just read it. You absolutely need to read it, even if you disagree with it.