A riveting video from David Kipping at Astronomy Columbia. Is there life out there? We simply have no idea as it’s not possible to extrapolate from a single data point – Earth. It could well be that the creation of life is very difficult and we are the only example of life in our galaxy or indeed in the entire observable universe. We simply have no data to suggest otherwise. It would explain the absence of evidence of life in the radio spectrum and we have been looking for 50 years. The prospect that we are the only sentient beings within the observable universe (~30 billion light years across is both wonderful and rather terrifying.
That said it is interesting to contemplate that we and our animal relatives are likely the most complex entities on this planet and in this solar system. Given that we have seen no evidence of other sentient beings in the radio spectrum in the last 50 years or so it might also be reasonable to suggest that we are likely the most complex entities with hundreds of light years of Earth. It would however be nice if life were present in profusion elsewhere – but we simply do not know.
It might well be that it is us who are the “Aliens” and that over the next few hundred million years we will populate a vast region of this corner of our galaxy. I find this somehow very satisfying.
Steve Jobs was and remains a most enigmatic individual, driven by product excellence, focused to an obsessive degree but with little empathy for those around him. Below is a is an interesting paper on Jobs, by Bert McBrayer, within the framework of the Big 5 Personality traits. Bert concludes that history will likely paint Jobs as an innovator but likely not include him in the pantheon of leaders of people.
My take on Steve Jobs
Openness: Above average aspect Intellect but off the scale aspect Openness. Likely out of 100 people he would be more open to experience than the 99 other people in the room.
Conscientiousness: Off the scale aspect Industriousness but low in aspect Organization. What make Jobs unusual is the focus of his Industriousness.
Extraversion: Off the scale for both aspects Enthusiasm and Assertiveness
Agreeableness: Very low aspect Empathy and Politeness but could modify both if this furthered his product goals
Neuroticism: A reliable indicator of suitability for management is a low-level of Neuroticism or reaction and response to negative events. Jobs was legendary for his volatility but appears to have had low levels of withdrawal.
What appears to have made Jobs unique was his remarkable Industriousness and focus, combined with the creativity commensurate with above average intellect and exceedingly high openness. He used with pleasure his high Aspect Volatility in combination with his low Trait Agreeableness bound into a laser like product focus to stimulate his team. Steve was product and not people focused and may have retreated from the “scar tissue” of his rejection as an infant into the infinite detail of product design and artistic endeavour.