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  • More likely than not

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  • It's 50/50

    4 7.55%
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    Haha, my beliefs exactly.

    Terrence McKenna argued that psychedelic mushrooms were a type of alien intelligence, as spores can survive the vacuum of space for millions of years, perhaps on an asteroid.
    Maybe life could spread that way?

    At any rate, I hope the private space industry takes off. It would be a major first step to FTL, if it is possible. Time dilution at high speeds could help man colonize the stars. If FTL is invented, I feel it reasonably that we will eventually find other life...eventually...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YWIR View Post
    I BELIEVE
    I want to believe.

    The truth is out there.


    In all seriousness. I do believe that it's very possible. The universe is just too big. Physicist also theorize there are multiple/parallel universes. It's highly unlikely that we are part of the only planet to spontaneously develop lifeforms.

    I also think it's very possible that much of the world's religions can be attributed to extraterrestrial life coming to Earth. I'm not saying this is an idea I hold firmly, but that's it's a possibility.
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    I believe Aliens have visited Earth. History Channel had a pretty fascinating serie about it (UFO files), but things went south once that guy with a greek name started seeing aliens everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
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    I find your response surprising.

    Would you mind sharing your reasoning?
    Several reasons:

    • The question asks if I "believe". I hold no beliefs on that score. My following points are speculative arguments, not beliefs.
    • I consider 50/50 to be "hedging", cuz really, intelligent life is ought to be very common given the number of possible starting points as described by the Drake equation. Yet we see no evidence, which implies that it is not merely uncommon, but extremely rare. Therefore "None" is much closer to the truth than 50/50 or 100% or even Less likely than not.
    • It could be common enough to appear in places and times other than here on Earth, but not simultaneously with our time, thus "None" would still be accurate.
    • Even disregarding all of the above, "intelligent life" is ill-defined (as OrangeAppled implies). Do we count dolphins and chimpanzees as qualifying? Do we count beings who are as far evolved above us as we are evolved above ants, when they leave no evidence of anything that we would classify as intelligent?


    Finally, I regard SETI as pseudo-science that unfortunately got treated as scientific. The Drake equation is nonsense, pseudo-math, a philosophical argument disguised as a scientific argument.
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    50/50

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    Yes. I hope they're all super creepy looking like ET and shorter than me so I can use them as arm rests. Then after my arms are rested, I'd sell them all on craigslist in exchange for investment capital, I'd kiss their wrinkly heads goodbye like "Muaw! Babushka!"

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    It's much, much, much more likely than not. Mostly because the universe is really fucking big.

    As to what it's like, I really can't say (and don't much care, because I will probably never get to see or maybe even hear of it).

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    Better question, does basic life exist in the observable universe, let alone any form of life that can be able to be defined as 'intelligent' on some arbitrary scale.

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    I don't believe so, as a matter of fact.

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    Definitely possible. Leaning more towards yes or no? I couldnt' tell you.

    I honestly haven't given it much thought.

    On the one hand, it seems like the conditions for life to arise are exceedingly specific (based on my understanding of the emergence of life, which is pretty shaky). So that makes me lean toward no.

    On the other hand, the universe is infinitely large or something. I can't even comprehend what that mean. And time has been going on for many many years. So that makes it more likely that those conditions have existed at some other time or place.



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