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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| Life On Earth Alone Is A Statistical Improbability. ||Dec 15th. at 2:06:26 pm UTC|
|Michel Van Eylen (Belgium) ||Age: 20 - Email |
But it's not impossible. There's simply no way of knowing that there is life, be it intelligent or not, on other planets untill we make contact with an extra-terrestrial species. Some of you may think that is allready established, thinking of countless UFO-encounters. I don't think of UFO's as aliens, i think of them as UFO's. No-one knows what they are or they wouldn't call them UFO's anymore, right? My personal belief is that yes, there is intelligent life out there, and one of the first signs of intelligence is a notion of religion. So, if there is intelligent life, it will be wondering were it came from, comming up with God/s as an answer. But i don't think they're allready close, nor do i believe discovering intelligent life in space is something for the near future. Give it another 500 years and we'll see :)
| I Should Think So ||Dec 15th. at 12:55:30 am UTC|
|Tai Estes (Jonesboro Arkansas) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I should think so! It wold be arrogent to assume we were the only place created in the universe. Why would we be special? There may be many differeing forms and we may not understand each other, but I think we are not alone.
| We Are Definitly Not Alone In This Vast Univers ||Dec 14th. at 10:31:00 pm UTC|
|Nurys Robles (Bronx,new York) ||Age: 30 - Email |
For what must of the scienties at Nasa and must astrologica laboratories have confirm
they are millions of star out there,granted some of those star have die when we berli
beging to see there light, but they are out there(or where out there.
Star that just like our sun must have had a funtion, a purpose. What is to say that
some where close to one of those star was(as Star Trek would put it)an M class planet
capable, much like ours, to sustaing living things. Why then must we be selfish in
beliving that the power that created this univers and for ended this planet, was not
going to do the same with other stars.
So..Yes I do belive that there is life out there. Can we get proof? May be not in my
life time. Have we been visit by beens from other words and are the govermts of this
planet keeping secret? I am still diveting what would be the poing of doing that, but if
there is any one out there that has tangable proof please contact me at KyraStarlight3
Thanks Sencirly Kyra
| Nearly Impossible ||Dec 14th. at 3:56:42 pm UTC|
|Jay (Alhambra, CA) ||Age: 47 - Email |
I would imagine it is nearly impossible for us to be the sole seat of knowledge and learning. As so many other have noted here [tho I did not read all posts -- time constraints], varities of life must abound elsewhere. One point, tho: we usually imagine only lifew we can perceive; speculate, if you will, on life outside thelimits of, say, our visible sight spectrum. Who can say what is there? Could such life exist here? Also... can all other life detect us? We are aware of a spectrum much wider than the fraction in which we see.... perhaps humanity is "odd man out", not other way around. [PS: found site somewhat accidentally...very well donwe, very open people. Bless you all]
| Astrobiology & Carl Sagan ||Dec 14th. at 7:22:55 am UTC|
|Dan Dexter (CS) ||Age: 54 - Email |
Astrobiology is the study of (so far) microbial life of extraterrestrial origin. Life has been and is being found on meteorites from space.
As to intelligent life, it stands to reason that if it developed here, it did elswhere in the cosmos as well. Some feel that since there are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the observable universe, there may be a tiny fraction of those, say a mere miniscule million or so -- with highly developed life forms.
An interesting read is "Intelligent Life in the Universe" by I. S. Shklovskii and Carl Sagan.
| Maybe, Maybe Not ||Dec 14th. at 1:37:32 am UTC|
|Carter Castor (anderson, indiana) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I don't think it's arrogant to assume we are the only life. It's very probable that we are. But mabye it's out there. Maybe intellegent life is still in the lower evolutionary stages on another planet. Maybe an advanced civilatization wiped themselves out in a nuclear holocaust. Maybe we are late comers in a universe that evolved beyond physical form. There are tons of possiblities.
| Diversity Of Life ||Dec 13th. at 11:19:33 pm UTC|
|Catharine Delaittre (Sasketchewan Canada) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I think if you look around at the beautiful diverse landscape, flora and fauna, animals, insects, human beings we all have one thing in common - life. It is out there. Some we havent seen yet and some we have but i think it is part of our exsistance on this plane, to evolve thinking we are the only ones we cant conceptualize it fully yet as a whole i mean, individually we are evolving. That my opinion.
| We Are Not Alone... ||Dec 13th. at 7:58:36 pm UTC|
|gaby (mexico) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Of course we are not alone in the universe, it´s rude from us to think that way because it´s imposible that in the universe that is TOO big the only people in it were us.
that´s my opinion.
| Ignorance Is Not Bliss! ||Dec 13th. at 6:46:27 pm UTC|
|Diane Dickinson (Peoria Illinois) ||Age: 54 - Email |
It would be awful arrogant of us to think that we are the only living enities in the universe. As for the reaction of the world well. I think they would be glad to know about other beings. Maybe we... through them could learn to except each other as we are. No matter our race. As to religion it would be hard to say if aliens worship a higher being. It would seem to me that if they live, breathe and reproduce they would have to consider a higher power. Unless of course they have lesser intelligence than us. I think that we have been found and a lot of our medical treatments and technical knowlege comes from the aliens. If I could have an Alien for a day I would show him/her the rivers mountains,forests new born babies and old people.
| Carbon-based ||Dec 13th. at 5:17:06 pm UTC|
|Mica (FL) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I also think it is arrogant to think that we're the only intelligent life in the Universe and that Earth is the only planet capable of supporting life. And I also think many religions on our planet (particularly those that assume themselves to be the "right" ones) would be thrown for a loop if we discovered intelligent life on other planets. Have we encountered aliens already? I suppose it's possible, but they would have to be a fairly close neighbors to us. The universe is pretty vast and it would be a long way to find little Earth from the other side of the universe.
One thing my college chemistry professor once said has stuck with me. Life on this planet is carbon-based, but he thought it entirely possible that life on other planets may not be carbon-based, but be based on some other element, like sulfur. Interesting.... I wonder what a sulfur-based life form would look (or smell?) like. Haha.
| Alone? ||Dec 13th. at 4:48:24 pm UTC|
|O'Connolly (Oklahoma) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I think it is quite arrogant to believe that we are the only intelligent life, let life period. For all we know, there could be civilizations out there that look at us and say "there's life, but is it intelligent?" I do believe that we have been visited. The Wormhole Theory would make the travel very possible. As does the Theory of Relativity (or what's left of it), as an object speeds up it shrinks and time for that object slows down.
| Not A Chance ... ||Dec 13th. at 3:36:44 pm UTC|
|Crispy (Somewhere ---) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I find it very unlikely that we are only in the universe! Simply because its so EXTRMELY huge!!! There must be some remote place that is exactly like earth (or close enoguht), so life can evolve ...
And no! I don't think that alinens have visited earth! Its just the American goverment testing new stealth helocopters (or whatever) ...
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