01-25-2011, 08:06 PM
My personal belief is that there is other life out there. Some probably more advanced than us. That little light speed thing comes into play as far as contact goes though. Even if a species had broken the light barrier, they would then have to know where to look for us, problematic with the vastness in which to search.
01-25-2011, 08:25 PM
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01-25-2011, 10:37 PMSo far astronomers have discovered a total of 500 planets in distant solar systems – known as extrasolar systems – although they believe billions of others exist. But Dr Smith points out that many of these planets are either too close to their sun or too far away, meaning their surface temperatures are so extreme they could not support life
Right now, since Earth is the only place we know of that life exists, we can reason that life in the universe is extremely rare, if not unique to Earth. That means that there is a chance that we can progress to inter-stellar flight without some sort of apocalypse preventing us. If we find life on Europa, for example, than the likelihood of the species survival up to the point where we can travel between the stars is very low."In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
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SonnabendGuest01-30-2011, 04:22 AM
The truth is: we don't know. It is the sheerest arrogance to believe that out of the uncounted millions of worlds, we are the only life. Until we mature as a race, the chances are that if there are advanced races, they are waiting for us to be ready. We are children, wondering what lies beyond the end of the street. Do I know they exist? No
Do I think they are there? Yes. Will they contact us or will we meet them someday? Not for many centuries.
In our lifetimes? No.
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01-30-2011, 03:39 PM
My belief is that we are effectively alone in the universe.
If there is unintelligent life outside the solar system, we will never find it.
If there is human-scale intelligence outside the solar system, we might contact it, but we could never reach each other.
I think aliens much more intelligent than humans have been running recon on us since antiquity, but they don't wish their presence to be widely known, so it's effectively the same thing as them not even being there.
Is there other life in the universe? Of course. But it's all either hidden or hiding, so there may as well not be any.Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
01-31-2011, 11:12 AM
My two bits, sure to irritate a few readers. We are definately the only intelligent life in the universe. Why? Because being the only intelligent life in this vast varied universe is more evidence of God's intentional design. We keep finding more and more planets, space, ect, but the lack of intelligent life, IMHO, is further proof that we are not random chance, but purposefully and wonderfully made.
Yup, my theory depends on a lot of faith, and is difficult, if not impossible to prove scientifically. But that's fine by me. That's why it's a theory. :DRomans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
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