If alien life exists, it would certainly be subjected to natural selective pressures but what about sexual selection?
That requires sex to evolve in the first place which in of itself isn’t the most common thing in the world. Most living things on Earth reproduce asexually. Of course most living things on Earth are single celled organisms so it’s not surprising.
But if complex multi-cellular life evolved on other planets and eventually evolved separate sexes, it’s not unreasonable to assume that certain traits and behaviors will be more attracted within different species just like they are here on Earth. Indicators of health or the ability to gather resources would still be beneficial even if you’re an alien.
The only problem is, we don’t know what has evolved up there if anything. As far as I can guess, just about any trait could be deemed attractive to some strange alien species from having the longest eye stalks to the bulkiest of legs. If we do discover complex alien life, I wonder how long it will take for us to realize that some features aren’t there because they’re advantageous in the environment they live in but simply because it gets members of the opposite sex all hot and bothered.
Space mermaid physiology is diverse and eclectic, with no two hives sharing a consistent morphology. Depending on the genetic make up and ancestry of the sired queen and the siring male, her offspring will differ in appearance from other space mermaid hive’s offspring.
I am growing fonder each day of my new job. My coworker told me today she forgets that I am brand new to the business every time she works with me because “I’m a wiz-natural at it.” I really enjoy the cerebral aspects of the position as well. I was trained today on some of the science and engineering involved in their bird feeders – it’s tremendously complex and intriguing! Silver ions that inhibit microbial growth, agglutinated with the plastic in the feeders…brilliant!
After one of my coworkers (who is aware of my current health battles) found out that I volunteer as a telescope operator and star tour guide, she said that I am a vibrant inspiration to everyone there. It takes so much to go do the things I do on a daily basis. It takes monumental amounts of energy, pain medicine, time, gas money, sacrifice, and will power to drive up that giant mountain to the observatory…to another world made to explore the cosmos. To take that telescope and point it at the sky to any object I want, is like no other experience. The cosmos and its filigree of intricacies are infinite, and I intend to find out more each day, one astrophysicist friend at a time.
There is no other feeling (except seeing a Humpback Whale ten feet from your boat for the first time in your life) than watching/coaching a small child and their parent while the parent lifts the child to the ocular of the telescope – and when that little person exclaims and gasps in awe at the cosmos…it’s one more step towards the good of our world. I would like to thank my dear friend Aaron Coyner for tonight’s stimulating conversation on a myriad of complexities including but not limited to: theoretically calculating the Schwarzschild radius of a human, redshifts, blue shifts, quantum theory (specifically the possibility of quantum black holes in relation to Neuropsychology/physiology), UFO’s, xenomorphic evolution, and traumatic brain injuries and the adaptations that follow.
I think it’s time to go to sleep now and dream about the multiverse theory.