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Listener Challenge: Are We Alone in the Universe?

The Where, the Why, and the HowFor all of our scientific advances, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. In the new book The Where, the Why, and the How, artists take a stab at explaining those mysteries. For this challenge, we asked you to create an illustration to answer the following question:

     Are we alone in the universe?

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February 03, 2013 02:29:17 PM
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all the parts make the whole, is the universe out there? or in here

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Jim

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February 03, 2013 01:41:31 PM
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I moved to Chicago in September and was immediately in awe with the architecture, especially with the stoic but eerie details of the Harold Washington Library. One night I had a dream that the animal statues mounted on the library conjured a storm so powerful that it blew off the glass roof, releasing all the books to the wind.

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Meags

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February 03, 2013 01:38:59 PM
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Within our world there is life unseen by the naked eye. By comparison, we are microscopic to the outer solar systems much bigger than our own. Within our own bodies, millions of living cells, within a spoonful of dirt... Seemingly finite, Earth, only one millionth the size of our sun, yet by the galaxy's standards, miniscule, and, can fit a million times into a sun in an outer solar system and so on... To deny that there is other life within our universe is to deny the billions of microscopic bacteria and millions of fungi within one teaspoon of healthy soil. Perhaps we are just microscopic cells in an untouched puddle of time in a bigger galaxy vulnerable to a cosmic convergence. Perhaps we are the microscopic cells that affect or are affected by a life much bigger much bigger than we can see or imagine.

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Demian

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February 03, 2013 12:47:19 PM
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sometimes it's good to be alone in the universe

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Mark

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February 03, 2013 12:18:06 PM
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the universe is bigger than most think. what if there is one person controlling everything, as if we all are in a game. PinBall to be exact!

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Jonathan

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February 03, 2013 12:13:12 PM
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My nephew Cooper believes that we are not alone, and he's clearly apprehensive about the possibility. He's scared by the prospect of what is out there, but can't look away.

Is a manipulated photo an illustration? I think so.

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Chris

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February 03, 2013 12:03:36 PM
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As science tries to understand the ever-expanding universe, the answer of whether or not other life forms exist could be further evading us.

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Chloe

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February 03, 2013 11:47:47 AM
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We are definitely not alone.

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Eartha

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February 03, 2013 11:37:11 AM
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One of the most important crop circles

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Darryl

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February 03, 2013 10:50:36 AM
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Come In The Door Is Open ~ my illustration is inspired by the beauty of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope images. I oft times marvel at the vastness of our universe. How can we be alone?

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Michele

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February 03, 2013 10:41:13 AM
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We are not alone in the universe although for now it appears that we are the only life forms of our kind. We may never make contact other life forms that we can communicate with but odds are that they must be out there.

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Nana

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February 03, 2013 10:27:45 AM
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Aliens and Humans coming together

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Jackie

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February 03, 2013 10:15:58 AM
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This illustration represents the variety of personalities and characters that could potentially exist.

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Jackie

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February 03, 2013 10:01:05 AM
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All life on earth is composed of the same essential elements, and it is probable that these elements could also be the foundation of extraterrestrial life forms.

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Jackie

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February 03, 2013 08:13:21 AM
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The 'Bubbleheaded Wingless PineNeedler' is a small painting I made about a goofy little invented bird. I was compelled when watching David Attenborough's nature series about how New Zealand was once an island of birds. With fewer natural predators than on the rest of the planet, they evolved into various dorky shapes and forms. I often imagine in my paintings how we managed to get the evolutionary edge. Perhaps in another universe BIRDS are on top! Birds reign supreme and and humans are like insects feeding off the remains of an opulent BIRD existence.
Copyright Sarah Olson, www.sarah-olson.com

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Sarah

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February 03, 2013 07:37:06 AM
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The question itself is so self referential it cannot be asked without considering who "we" are. In our quest to discover the other, we are constantly thrown up against our own idea of self, and the meaning of existence.

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John

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February 03, 2013 06:55:02 AM
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In my illustration, I have tried to capture the 3 main elements of life on earth (in my limited understanding). These are: carbon, water and solar energy. Behind my illustration of these elements is the earth. The earth, in this illustration, is connected to the universe through 'streams' of stars and galaxies. At the end of some of these streams is nothing. At the end of one of these streams is the possibility (but only the possibility) of life elsewhere. The possibility of life is illustrated by a planet that contains 3 unknown elements that may lead to life elsewhere. I have illustrated a question mark with four surrounding dots to mirror the Lewis structure of the carbon atom, suggesting that there needs to be some atom, similar to carbon (such as silicon) that could form the basis of life as long as other essential elements are present.

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Penny

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February 03, 2013 06:17:53 AM
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The Universe Contemplates Her Solitude (version 2)

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Adam

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February 03, 2013 06:17:01 AM
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The Universe Contemplates Her Solitude (version 1)

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Adam

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February 03, 2013 05:12:16 AM
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Elsewhere in the universe, just over the bend from where his friends fill the afternoon with play, Jagdalack sits and considers the notion of whether or he and his kind are the only ones in all the cosmos (well he himself specifically) who ponder this very question.

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Adam

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