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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Are We Alone in The Universe?
Is this Earth the only planet inhabited with intelligent life? (Yeah. I wonder about that "intelligent" part sometimes, too!) Is Life a fluke? Are we unique? If there are other life forms out there, do you think that we shall ever meet them? How far into the future might that happen? Will they find us or will we find them first?
Do you think that the discovery of inhabitants on other planets would change our world view? How would the existence of aliens affect the religions of this world? Do you think such a concept as "religion" might also be found on other worlds?
Have we already been visited by beings from other planets? If an alien did come calling, what might you show him/her/it about life on planet Earth? Would you like to travel to another planet?
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| Just As Sure As The Goddess Made Huge Swimming Mammals! ||Dec 11th. at 4:14:29 pm EST|
|Mel (Northern CA) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I doubt that the universe is devoid of intelligent life when this marginally habitable planet has given rise to at least two wildly different intelligent species. :)
The real question is why any visiting aliens would want to talk to us. Personally, I'd be much more interested in what a whale has to say, since they have survived so much longer and achieved harmony with thier enviornment.
| Marklar! ||Dec 11th. at 7:36:58 pm EST|
|Ruth (Florida) ||Age: 23 - Email |
Anyone who watches South Park can probably already tell what my answer is... In the "Marklar" episode (I don't remember the actual title), we discovered intelligent life on another planet, and some people (ahem) immediately made it their mission to tell them the good news about Jesus and make sure they converted to the "true" way.
Yep, I think there is intelligent life out there somewhere. I imagine they either wonder the same about us, or already know the answer (and the silence in our corner is deafening... lol). And I think if they ever paid us an official visit that much would be made over whether or not they "know the true way".
It wouldn't change my worldview much, but it would certainly make things interesting. However, since some of us here have difficulty getting along with our neighbors (who are more like us than we sometimes like to admit), I doubt it would be smooth sailing all the way. I'd LOVE to visit another planet, just to see what their lives are like.
| Life Out There? ||Dec 11th. at 8:22:52 pm EST|
|Ahnvil (Los Angeles) ||Age: 29 - Email |
There are many possibilities of life in the universe some that we probably cannot imagine. I think if you are questioning you are close to an answer, and that answer lies within.
In the Movie Contact we have an incredible being presenting itself to our brave and awe stricken explorer Ellie, played by Jodi Foster. The being comes to her in a fantastic landscape on a universe distant from ours with a message, a small one, "baby steps". Who would be ready for such an encounter individualy? Could our cultures and governments handle such an impact. The balance of power and order could be thrown into such a disasterous state I am sure that the "life out there" is hesitant to contact us. The ramifications are uncountable, religions, philosphies, histories, the orgin of life, all of these things will be put into a perilous state.
These things happen "in their own time" and it's best not to rush them.
One of my guides is not "from here". I don't presume to know where from or what the nature of what "not here" is. I know that I can trust him and his group and that they have always been with me, always assisting in the most beneficial ways. Good guides do that. They guide and not command.
I have never heard anyone describe anything like them because they do not look like the commonly known (pop-culture) Grays or "little green men". I have SEEN them once and never again, most times they are just a near pressence, a warmth and feeling, a complex thought snuggled deep in my psyche.
My answer to your question? I believe that there is life out there in the almost entirely unknown universe and as we progress, and if we don't destroy one another, we may find it. I believe it must happen as a world culture, that no particular country should be the "first" or that any people will be treated differently. I do not envision Contact occuring unless we can all learn to work towards it together. Until we do, I think, we will wonder.
| The Equation ||Dec 11th. at 8:31:38 pm EST|
|Ahnvil (Los Angeles) ||Age: 29 - Email |
This is called the drake equation: http://www.seti.org/science/drake-bg.html
| They Mean To Win Wimbledon! :) ||Dec 11th. at 9:01:55 pm EST|
|Gwydion Canu Bleidd (Oneonta, New York) ||Age: 34 - Email |
Yes, the blancmanges are on their way--when they arrive, they will turn the entire population of England into Scotsmen and begin settling in South London near Wimbledon, and they will be seen practicing on British tennis courts everywhere. Just look to the planet Skyron in the galaxy of Andromeda... :) (OK, OK, maybe Gwydion has been watching a bit too much Monty Python just lately!)
Are we alone? Not at all. But given the vast gulfs of space and light-years between us and other planets containing intelligent life, it seems unlikely that we will make any sort of contact with them in this, or any other, lifetime. There's no telling how highly evolved these other beings are, or how they may be able to survive a journey through space that would take hundreds or even thousands of years (assuming they have ships that can travel at the speed of light). They might be just as limited in their technology as we are in ours. Until such a thing happens, however, it will continue to fascinate (and occasionally horrify) the human mind.
| I Think We Are Alone In The Universe But ||Dec 12th. at 6:00:03 am EST|
|Ceridwen (Wales) ||Age: 43 - Email |
this makes life on earth all the more precious
| Are We Alone In The Universe? ||Dec 12th. at 6:14:31 am EST|
|Bryan Deakin (Bonnybridge, Scotland) ||Age: 17 - Email - Web|
I believe that we are not alone in this universe. I find it so hard to believe that out of all the planets in all the solar system that we are the only intelegent life form out there.
| Are We Alone... ||Dec 12th. at 10:35:00 am EST|
I really don't think we could possibly be the only planet which has intelligent life on it. I mean, how many planets are there in the universe, can we really suppose that only ours supports intelligent life (well, life anyway)?
| Are We Alone? ||Dec 12th. at 12:17:12 pm EST|
|Equinox (Pittsburgh, PA) ||Age: 28 - Email |
No, of course not. Relativism aside from the standpoint of whether or not its intelligent, there are things out there, whether they are aliens, spirits, angels, etc. traveling between worlds dimensions, and the like just as we are here tooling around day to day. Some choose to mind their own, and others like to poke around. We do not even know all of the life that exists here on earth let alone in the far reaches of space. Every day we are discovering new plant and animal species, and that's just in our own backyard.
| REMEMBER ROSWELL??? ||Dec 12th. at 1:49:06 pm EST|
|Dragon Lady (AZ) ||Age: 0 - Email |
As a life-long abductee, the question is moot. They've been here since the earliest civilizations arose on Earth. There can be no logical reason to think that "WE" are alone in the Universe... what a waste of space that would be! The gov't knows, and has known all along. They refuse to release this information b/c they are fearful of the reaction of the "religious right," a very powerful organization that would, in essence, loose that power if the presence of aliens was revealed. The religious hierarchy would come crashing down, and, with it, the wall of secrecy built by the gov't and the military. No doubt there would be some mass hysteria, but it would most lkely be fueled by the religious hierarchy, whose very existence would be at stake. Would *I* like to visit another planet? "Beam me up, Scotty!"
| Of Course We're Not Alone ||Dec 12th. at 3:14:36 pm EST|
|DolphinSmile (Austin, TX) ||Age: 21 - Email |
The universe is so incredibly big, I think it is just impossible that this one little bitty planet could be the only one that has life.
That said, the universe is also so incredibly big, I doubt we will ever make contact with any other life forms. At least not for a really, really, REALLY long time! Everything in the universe is just so far apart. I am skeptical about claims we have already been visited. I mean, why don't they just show themselves to everyone? Unless they're keeping us as some sort of nature preserve or something. Have you seen those animal shows where they dart the animal with tranqualizers, and then put a radio collar on them, and then put them back in the wild? I can imagine them going back to their families going "oh my gosh, you would not believe what just happened to me!" Maybe aliens are doing the equivalent to humans.
But actually, I really doubt we have been visited by aliens, and I doubt we ever will be.
Now I would LOVE to be wrong! I would love to see the form life has taken on different planets, even if it isn't "intelligent". Heck, extraterrestrial equivalents of plants and bugs would be awesome enough. I wonder if they would be pretty much the same as they turned out on Earth, or if life took an entirely different form.
Also, if there were "intelligent" life, what would their culture be like? Would they have art and religion and politics? Maybe they would have the same problems we do. Maybe they'd have totally different ones.
Sadly though, I am pretty sure I will never live to see the day any of these questions are answered.
| I Don't Think We're Alone ||Dec 12th. at 7:30:31 pm EST|
|Amber Heathen (Cornelius Oregon) ||Age: 22 - Email |
No, I don't think we're alone in this universe. I think it's kind of selfish to assume that we're the only "intelligent" life out there. BUT, I doubt they even know we're here. Maybe they're out there on their own planets, living their lifes wondering if THEY are the only intelligent life in the universe. That and I would doubt they would want anything to do with our planet ;)
To whomever it was that was talking about the South Park episode--That was Starvin' Marvin in Outer Space (one of my favorite episodes lol).
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