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 archaeopteryx on May 27, 2012 at 12:28am

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.

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 27, 2012 at 1:10am

@MichaelM - RE: "worthy of regard" - or as prey --

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 27, 2012 at 1:27am

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.)

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 archaeopteryx on May 27, 2012 at 1:56am

DS Chase - and then there's GW Bush and Rick Perry --

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 27, 2012 at 1:59am

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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