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Old 07-16-2014, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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"I would venture to say that most of my colleagues here today say it is improbable that in the limitless vastness of the universe we humans stand alone," said Charles Bolden.

Read more: NASA says it's close to finding alien life, Earth's twin - UPI.com
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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Oh great, another planet full of us.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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How would they know they were close? Did they find footprints? Still warm campfires? A couple of old rusted out trucks up on blocks?

Hey, in a universe as large as the one we know, of course I believe there is life out there. Lots of it all over the place.

But to say we are "close" to finding it is nonsense.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:23 PM
 
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How would they know they were close? Did they find footprints? Still warm campfires? A couple of old rusted out trucks up on blocks?

Hey, in a universe as large as the one we know, of course I believe there is life out there. Lots of it all over the place.

But to say we are "close" to finding it is nonsense.
They probably found it decades ago, they're just conditioning the population for the news. Despite claims to the contrary, this discover will have a profound impact on humanity. There is still a large population in the world that is stuck in the 12th century. How do you think they'll hand this news?
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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It's all a matter of faith. Believing something to be so without any verifiable evidence.

I think that life may exist on other planets. Seems reasonable. However, if we don't find life on other planets that fact would be profound.

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. How do you think they'll hand this news?
I think we would hand it just fine.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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Oh great, another planet full of us.
Ugh, Can you even imagine? A whole other species, exactly like us. You land a space craft on an alien world, open the door, and first thing you see is a little green guy with a book asking if you've found Jesus.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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... and first thing you see is a little green guy with a book asking if you've found Jesus.
You've experienced it then!

I have this view that life is not just possible or probable but it's inevitable. It is out there all over the place. But to say that they are about to find it? That just doesn't make sense. Are they saying they are confident they are about to find it? I'm confident they will eventually find it too. I'm confident life is out there.
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