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Old 05-03-2010, 04:37 PM   #46
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I'm travelling through time right now. The future, it doesn't look too fun.

I can tell you that time travelling in the past would be cool! I always wanted to go back to certain events and relive them. Like I wouldn't alter anything or no one would notice me, I could just relive everything exactly as it all happened. The smells, the feeling, everything.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:41 PM   #47
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(I should phrase it as "this universe" or "our universe" because I strongly believe there are an infinite number of universes out there. Listen to Brian Greene talk about "the Multi-verse" and you'll never think the same way about the universe again.")
No kidding.
His series "The Elegant Universe" that aired on PBS is available for free online.
NOVA | The Elegant Universe | PBS

It's nothing less than fascinating.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:45 PM   #48
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Modern televised 'Doctor Who' irritates the bejesus out of me in this respect, what with their cuddly alien-race-of-the-week invading London (I was going to say 'earth' but really, it's London they're after) on a routine basis.
I've always hated that stuff. Just like I hated the Ewoks in Star Wars.
In fact, I hate cheesy aliens in anything but cuddly and cheesy is doubly crap.

I am trying to think of what I would consider to be cool aliens...eh, outside of the fact that water was their Achilles heel, I thought the aliens in M Night's Signs were pretty cool.
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The best argument I've heard about the existence of aliens is the pure numbers thing, but bearing in mind that humans and Earth might be on the older-side as far as life in the universe goes. The universe is roughly 13 billion years old, Earth not quite 5 billion. Humans haven't been around that long, but sadly, we may be some of the universe's oldest residents which is why we haven't heard from the other youngsters yet. They're still evolving in their Mica sandwiches just on the shores of their oceans.

(I should phrase it as "this universe" or "our universe" because I strongly believe there are an infinite number of universes out there. Listen to Brian Greene talk about "the Multi-verse" and you'll never think the same way about the universe again.")

WNYC - Radiolab � The (Multi) Universe(s)

sure, there are some kinds of life forms out there

in the vastness.

but anything like the common aliens depicted in films and books are highly unlikely

also because of the great distances, we will never likely experience any interaction with them.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:50 PM   #50
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FTR, if you don't believe there is extra-terrestrial life (of some kind) outside of the Earth, you simply have no appreciation for the odds. That's my opinion on it.
It's arrogance of the highest order. No, I am not talking about little green men abducting Fred from Montana, but just life, in general, has to be something near a statistically probabilistic certainty.
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I dont think this is a fair argument. How many species are there on Earth? If you stayed in your house and waited for one of them to contact you, you'd be waiting a long time. It seems unlikely that an alien race would be intelligent in the same way that we are. Not to say they'd be unintelligent, just that they'd evolve a different kind of intelligence and not necessarily one that we would in any way be able to meaningfully interact with
I didn't say it was fair, but that versions of that argument exist. I think it might be based on the notion that a lot of the stars in this galaxy are in fact older than ours.

Personally, I think the odds favour life, but maybe not in great abundance, simply on the sheer numbers involved.
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imagine if there was a form of life out there, that was 50 times as intelligent as us. the mind boggles.

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Started off with a nice little idea about grannies travelling forward through time, but now it's got silly.
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I've always hated that stuff. Just like I hated the Ewoks in Star Wars.
In fact, I hate cheesy aliens in anything but cuddly and cheesy is doubly crap.

I am trying to think of what I would consider to be cool aliens...eh, outside of the fact that water was their Achilles heel, I thought the aliens in M Night's Signs were pretty cool.
the aliens in Men in Black were pretty cool.
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Where are these time travel guys?

These people thousands or millions of years from now.

If we have it all figured out, they should be here by now.

You think


And those beings from other planets...

Why don't they just land in front of the White House?
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Maybe the world does end in 2012 and that's why we don't have any human time travelers.
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Or maybe it doesn't.

Interestingly, for the naysayers out there, there are apparently some scenarios out there - I don't know how speculative, probably very - that suggest it might be possible by certain means to send information back through time. But forget about sending yourself.
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They're already able to teleport information from one point to another
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They're already able to teleport information from one point to another
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I know one guy from the future.

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Holy crap. Ive never thought about this before. it makes perfect sense!

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Can't wait to see what comes next week.
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