After Brazilian student Bruno Borges suddenly disappeared from his house in March 2017, his family found an ominous scene in his bedroom. Cryptic code covered the walls, and a large model of a cloaked figure stood in the center of the floor. And as a result, news of the man’s mysterious vanishing sparked a number of strange theories.
Even since before humans began exploring space, we’ve been captivated by the question, ‘Is anybody else out there?’ As far back as the first century B.C., in fact, Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus touched on the possibility of extraterrestrial life. He said, “Nothing in the universe is unique and alone, and therefore in other regions there must be other earths inhabited by different tribes of men and breeds of beasts.”
Of course, Lucretius’ theory sounds plausible to modern audiences. But it should be remembered that the philosopher expressed these musings long before the advent of modern physics. You see, Lucretius saw the “other earths” of which he spoke – or planets – as objects hidden far beyond the stars in some sort of parallel world.