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Old 10-03-2004, 02:20 AM   #1
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Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

Peoples opinions on the subject of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

I think that it is highly probable to exist elsewhere in the universe.

I will throw my chip in later when some ideas are on the table. Please discuss your thoughts on the existence of such beings and what forms such intelligent life may take. Is such a form an inevitability given enough time in a suitiable environment.
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I strongly believe that there is no extra-terrestrial life in this solar system, and all the suppossed encounters on this earth are totally false. However, I am of a firm belief that there are 'aliens' out there in other galaxies\solar systems. That is an undisputable fact in my mind. When you think about how big the universe is, you will have to be naive to think that we're all alone. Whether in the form of organisms or full beings, we are definately not alone. We will most likely not encounter any 'aliens' for another 200 years when we can break out of our solar system.
All that flying saucer stuff is just bullshit IMO. And I doubt they'll take on the stereotypical form of a green dude with a big head and big eyes.
But there are beings out there waiting to be discovered, it's just a matter of time.
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This is like my UFO thread in LS. It's entirely possible that there is life elsewhere in the universe. We haven't enountered it, but that doesn't mean it's not there.
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Now the existence of is only a fraction of the question. If such intelligences existed what form would you expect them to take?
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I thought E.T. and Alf were pretty cool so I don't want to be too judgemental of them.

But yeah, I agree with Aussie. To think we are the only planet with life seems a little arogant to me.

Gotta go. have been inspired to dig out my X Files videos.
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Now the existence of is only a fraction of the question. If such intelligences existed what form would you expect them to take?
I honestly have no idea. I feel totally clueless about this.
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I think its very possible that there's life on other planets. When you see the stars, you know that they're suns in other solar systems that would also have planets. How could our planet be the only one out of say, millions of planets with life on it?

I think it would really cool if we came into contact with people from another planet, but scary too
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So far, the idea that intelligent life (or even just life) exists outside our planet is based on the default belief that given the magnitude of the universe, it must have happened somewhere else.

The many unique factors which allow life to exist on this planet, taken all in combination, actually make the likelihood of life elsewhere very small.
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But given the minimum volume of the universe

where R is equal to 6.5 Billion LY that is one hell of a lot of space.
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nb-- you're assuming we have intelligent life on this planet to compare other life forms to. I'm not so sure about that.
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I strongly believe that there is no extra-terrestrial life in this solar system, and all the suppossed encounters on this earth are totally false. However, I am of a firm belief that there are 'aliens' out there in other galaxies\solar systems. That is an undisputable fact in my mind. When you think about how big the universe is, you will have to be naive to think that we're all alone. Whether in the form of organisms or full beings, we are definately not alone. We will most likely not encounter any 'aliens' for another 200 years when we can break out of our solar system.
All that flying saucer stuff is just bullshit IMO. And I doubt they'll take on the stereotypical form of a green dude with a big head and big eyes.
But there are beings out there waiting to be discovered, it's just a matter of time.
Undisputable fact, huh? hehe

Yeah, I guess I'm arrogant and believe there are no other life forms out there.
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I strongly believe that there is no extra-terrestrial life in this solar system, and all the suppossed encounters on this earth are totally false. However, I am of a firm belief that there are 'aliens' out there in other galaxies\solar systems. That is an undisputable fact in my mind. When you think about how big the universe is, you will have to be naive to think that we're all alone. Whether in the form of organisms or full beings, we are definately not alone. We will most likely not encounter any 'aliens' for another 200 years when we can break out of our solar system.
All that flying saucer stuff is just bullshit IMO. And I doubt they'll take on the stereotypical form of a green dude with a big head and big eyes.
But there are beings out there waiting to be discovered, it's just a matter of time.
i have to disagree with aussie. If it takes 200years to get out of our solar system, why can't there be someone more advanced than us who got out of their galaxy 200years ago from today?
i don't know how the flying saucer thing first started, whether it was witnessed or just conceived by some science fiction writer...
Plus, it doesn't have to be the same factors in combination as nbcrusader said to create intelligent life forms, if there is, then there are humans elsewhere in the universe, but different factors are always able to create some sort of life form, solid, air, liquid or whatever.
This is a really interesting topic, but there's never enough evidence to reach to a conclusion...
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But given the minimum volume of the universe

where R is equal to 6.5 Billion LY that is one hell of a lot of space.
The universe is a sphere now?
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This discussion is limited mainly by the fact that we have a very limited understanding of what "intelligent life" means. It was actually a passage in an old LSAT that I can remember clearly - because human capability to understand things which they have no knowledge of or experience with is so limited, then their definition of intelligent life is limited to only that which they understand and have readily available at their disposal.

I do believe there is "life" elsewhere in the universe, biologically speaking.
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In theory, there is a 0.00000012% chance that there is no other life in the universe, using the likelihood of creation of water etc. and the sheer size of the known universe.
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