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.
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?
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.
There's been one less since Michael left the board.
But absolutely - it would be ever so arrogant to believe that out of all the billions of planets in our galaxy alone, and the exponentially higher number beyond that, that this would be the only planet that had ever evolved life.
@MichaelM - RE: "worthy of regard" - or as prey --
I can go along with the first part, but once you get to the non-corporeal part, it's starting to sound a lot more like gods than beings. I can certainly understand advanced intelligence, but every entity needs an energy source, and ours begins with digestion - what would power a non-corporeal being? (Not making fun of you Michael, just curious as to what you envision.)
Just consider that 12-1/2% of the planets orbiting this star have intelligent life.
DS Chase - and then there's GW Bush and Rick Perry --
Actually, Michael, as I was reading your post, I was reminded of the AC Clarke quotation, then found you used it too!
I'm thinking we will eventually find there are other drives than the conventional ones we currently use that will circumvent the "faster than light" barrier.
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