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    Default Do You Believe In Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life?

    Do you believe intelligent life exists in our universe elsewhere than on Earth?


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    Physical intelligent life?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Physical intelligent life?
    What would be the alternative(s) you're considering?

    That the physical realm has been transcended by previously physical beings that now exist outside the physical?

    Or that some sort of non-physical deity, in the form of a universal consciousness, or some sort, exists?

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    I find your response surprising.

    Would you mind sharing your reasoning?

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    Considering how goddamfuckinghuge the universe is, and how common the basic core factors that are needed for life seem to be on planets discovered over the past decade, I think it's reasonable to expect that somewhere exists intelligent life.

    As to whether we will ever find any, unfathomably unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    What would be the alternative(s) you're considering?

    That the physical realm has been transcended by previously physical beings that now exist outside the physical?

    Or that some sort of non-physical deity, in the form of a universal consciousness, or some sort, exists?
    Stuff like that, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Stuff like that, yes.
    Well, to the former, I would say yes.

    To the latter, I would say no.

    The latter is too supernatural for this poll.

    I understand that one could posit that the latter could eventually become the former, but...

    If you're willing to go that far, then you're probably willing to posit that there are lower forms of intelligent life than them as well, no?

    I mean, you could assume not, I suppose, but, if things were to have gone that far, the probability would be leaning in that direction...

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    Depends on how intelligent, but I think it's very likely that at least some form of life exists outside Earth. But there doesn't seem to be any evidence for extremely advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, on the Kardashev scale human civilization is currently a type 0. If extraterrestrial civilizations existed at type 2 or higher there should be at least some evidence of this from astronomy, if these civilizations formed millions of years before ours they would've had plenty of time to colonize the galaxy, there should be some signatures of their energy usage.

    There are all kinds of possible explanations for this, maybe the advanced civilizations could be like Star Trek's Federation where they only make contact with civilizations after they've reached a sufficient level of advancement(in the Federation's case warp drive capability) or maybe more advanced civilizations have some unforeseen inherent unsustainability and destroy themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
    Considering how goddamfuckinghuge the universe is, and how common the basic core factors that are needed for life seem to be on planets discovered over the past decade, I think it's reasonable to expect that somewhere exists intelligent life.

    As to whether we will ever find any, unfathomably unlikely.
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