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    Default Do You Believe Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life Has Visited Our Planet?

    Do You Believe Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life Has Visited Our Planet?

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    Don't know and this question bugs me.

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    The probabilities align more in favor with no, but there is no absolute certainty and the answer relies on an exceeding number of variables; hence, probably not. If I were held at gunpoint, I would say no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza tema View Post
    Don't know and this question bugs me.
    Why does it bug you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    Why does it bug you?
    Well. It just has the potential to veer into total and unbounded conspiracy theory territory. More potential than the intelligent life in the universe in general question, because imo, there's much less basis for answers, whether theoretical or factual. It might be fun to read about intelligent interstellar clouds spawning life on earth/destroying humans indiscriminately (have you read Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud?) but hearing people actually talk about it is often a strange mixture of sleep and rage inducing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza tema View Post
    Well. It just has the potential to veer into total and unbounded conspiracy theory territory.
    Well, true.

    But that doesn't mean that's where it has to go.

    Just like with any question, it's all about maintaining a properly critical mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by senza tema View Post
    More potential than the intelligent life in the universe in general question, because imo, there's much less basis for answers, whether theoretical or factual.
    Well, on a theoretical basis, I believe, and it seems the majority here do, that intelligent life likely exists elsewhere in the universe...

    I believe, on a factual basis, there's actually potentially evidence for whether intelligent extraterrestrial life has visited this planet...

    I mean, we could find factual evidence, I suppose, that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists that might not have visited Earth...

    But because of our closer proximity to any life that might have visited here, I think the factual basis is greater for the latter.

    Quote Originally Posted by senza tema View Post
    It might be fun to read about intelligent interstellar clouds spawning life on earth/destroying humans indiscriminately (have you read Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud?) but hearing people actually talk about it is often a strange mixture of sleep and rage inducing.
    I have not.

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    No.

    If we had been visited, we would know about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
    No.

    If we had been visited, we would know about it.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    Why?
    Space organizations and or governments would detect it, and possibly the general public. This is something that would quickly spread through media, and would gain support as something valid, and not conspiratorial like most "reports" of alien contact are.

    Add in the fact that it seems very unlikely that the fundemental laws of physics are bendable (of which bending would likely be required for extended space travel), reduces the sheer unlikelyhood of being found odds so low that it might as well be considered 0.
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    Well, yeah, it would be easier to find if it did visit earth.

    BUT IT PROBABLY DIDN'T BECAUSE I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY.

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