Aliens could be woven into the fabric of the universe
An alien civilisation may have become so advanced it has woven itself into the fabric of the universe in the form of dark matter.
Dark matter largely remains a mystery to scientists, with experts still unable to distinguish what exactly it is made up of – despite the fact that they know it makes up slightly more than 26 per cent of the universe.
However, a theory now put forward Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology at Columbia University, is equally astonishing, baffling and even terrifying.
Professor Scharf claims that life elsewhere could have evolved far beyond a physical form.
Dark matter makes up 26 per cent of the universe
If the history of the universe was laid out as a clock, modern humans would only appear in the very last milliseconds of the day. In other words – we are still in our infancy.
The likelihood is that other civilisations came about before we did, and as such would be far more evolved than us.
Aliens could be among us
Professor Scarf writes for Nautilus: "What if life has moved so far on that it doesn’t just appear magical, but appears like physics?
"After all, if the cosmos holds other life, and if some of that life has evolved beyond our own waypoints of complexity and technology, we should be considering some very extreme possibilities.”
This is where Scharf brings dark matter into the equation.
Life could have evolved beyond a physical form
According to the laws of physics, the visible matter in the universe is not enough to explain the amount of gravity – in fact there is about a 26 per cent shortage, which is where physicists draw on the mysterious dark matter.
As there is currently no explanation for dark matter, Scharf says that it could be the most advanced form of extra-terrestrial life.
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He added: "Any very early life in the universe would have already experienced 8 billion years of evolutionary time by the time expansion began to accelerate.
"It’s a stretch, but maybe there’s something about life itself that affects the cosmos, or maybe those well-evolved denizens decided to tinker with the expansion."