do you think there are aliens out there

yes I know this sounds rediculous but do you (Atheist) thing there are aliens out there in our universe, I was just wandering, i know this isn't the most intellectual or anit-religious but i am curious, thanks. 

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Comment by Marc Poulin on May 26, 2012 at 8:44pm

I have no doubt in my mind that somewhere out there are extra terrestrial creatures. I'm not saying they are humanoid or have flying saucers, but with over 1000 earth-like planets in our galaxy alone, how can there NOT be anything else among the 30 billion trillion stars's planets? I don't think we'll ever contact them, or even be able to prove it, but if we're here why can't anything else exist?

Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 26, 2012 at 8:58pm
I would say 100% yes. Problem for now is the vast distances. Even light speed is impractical. I have always made this example. Say we get in contact with another life form 40 light years away from earth The text messaging would go like this,"hi!" we would send back, "hi what's up?!" Them, "Ah not much hanging out watching the game drinking a bud." we would respond back with, "lol! :P" total round trip would be 160 earth years :(
Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 26, 2012 at 9:02pm
Check out the drake equation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation
Comment by James Cox on May 27, 2012 at 12:18am

Dear Folks:

I was suprised to have this topic rejected during a philosphy club discusion once.

Sadly the 'issue' of alien life exists without good examples at present. The discovery of numerous extreamophiles does/can increase the probability of a larger number of nitchs for life even in our solar system. I think there is a web-vid at the Stanford site concerning this.

There is a significant history of scientific and SF speculation concerning types of alien probes, and propagation of alien civilizations. Worth a web-search.

   

Comment by Donald S. Chase on May 27, 2012 at 1:49am

Just consider that 12-1/2% of the planets orbiting this star have intelligent life.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 27, 2012 at 6:04am

Imagine if there was other life out there. Imagine if there was none.

Comment by Mark Say on May 27, 2012 at 8:56am

Yes, but they probably wouldn't want to meet us.

Comment by James Cox on May 27, 2012 at 1:14pm

Dear Folks:

Given the number of nitches life can fill, at least on earth, will these same nitches be common to other planets and even to the very specialized nitch of space? A few SF stories have mentioned this issue, sadly many SF movies have extended this the 'alien invasion' plot.

I read recently that there have been DOD think tanks concerning the 'alien invasion' option.

An alien armada, while dramatic on film, seems unlikely, due to the massive energy investment, without some special 'what if technology'. As the number of earth like planets are charted, could this have a bearing upon an 'alien motivation'? Earth like planets might be desirable to us, but what about other creatures?     

I think it unreasonable to consider that our first contact will be during an invasion. I expect we shall be more challedged by local planetary related problems, such as global warming impacts.    

An alien culture might consider 'contact' as risky, as a rationialist evaluation. If the solar system looks interesting to them, they might lay low, grabing resources as they can, till their next 'port of call', ~ 5 LY away.

Small ships? Large armada? Total cultural transport? Would depend upon their '???'.

I look to the small ship, or robot probe as likely first contact. Given the history of UFO's, this might have already happened, and might explain the weird flight dynamics of some of the 'observations'. UFO-ism has so many religious-like components, that the really good observations might be lost in the noise. Sadly all I have is speculation, just like most of the rest of us..;p( 

Comment by John Jon on May 27, 2012 at 3:32pm


well I don't really know if there are aliens but i'l guess that there isn't because when was the last time you have seen a alien ship flying around or meet an alien? if they did come here or already here why aren't they confronting the world about there existence? I would like to think that there are beings out there, it would be "Cool" :). as for gods and aliens, well i guess if hey (Aliens) were here the people of ancient times could have thought of the "Beings" as "Gods) err what not. just a thought thanks for all the post 

Comment by Marc Poulin on May 27, 2012 at 3:59pm

John Jon: well I don't really know if there are aliens but i'l guess that there isn't because when was the last time you have seen a alien ship flying around or meet an alien? if they did come here or already here why aren't they confronting the world about there existence?

Who says they have to come here to exist? They might be thinking the same thing about us, why haven't we visited them?We haven't because of distance, time and technology. Plus the fact that there really isn't any reason to. You also mention 'not seeing flying saucers', therefore voiding their existence, but there are still numerous species of insect, fish and mammals that are unknown to us, but they exist, we just haven't found them yet. 

Another thing to consider is the amount of planets that are billions of years older than Earth, who knows how many extra terrestrials are extinct?

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