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Old 11-26-2014, 12:24 AM
 
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I'm not so sure aliens coming to check out our planet would be announcing their presence with colored strobe lights.
Unless, perhaps, signals we sent out in the late 70s or early 80s motivated them to...

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Old 11-26-2014, 12:39 AM
 
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I'm pretty certain that if they observed us first, they wouldn't bother trying to communicate. If they can reach us with relative easy then they're in a position where interacting with us would be completely useless.

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Yes, there is intelligent life that is capable of communicating with us and seeing us.

I have a cool question.
When we have discovered America we have wiped out civilization (Mayans, with a simple flue) What makes you think that if we meet aliens, we would not wipe each other out with our bacteria, viruses etc (stuff that we are already immune to and they are not)?

Aliens coming from intelligent life, would try to communicate through distance first, after they were done observing us.

Have to note though that it is possible that we Humans did not originate on earth to begin with.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:41 AM
 
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I don't know if some type of living organism exists on other planets; it is hard to imagine our planet being the only one containing some type of living creature.

As far as a superior intelligent life force from another galaxy wanting to come to Earth, if they were that intelligent I can only imagine they'd want to exit stage left as soon as they experienced our human race with all of the negative issues we have.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Penna
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I hope there's some intelligent life out there.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Riding the light...
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Do you think there is life besides us in the universe?

Think? No. Don't need to think about it, I am absolutely sure.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:19 AM
 
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Of course, there is extra-terrestrial life... ...around us!

I just bumped into my next-door alien neighbor on my way to work. Fortunately, he was able to levitate his spaceship in an instant so no harm done. But unfortunately, I knocked his kids into the fourth dimension and the galactic troopers are interviewing my wife for details.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I do hope there are intelligent life forms on other planets because there certainly aren't any on this planet.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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Let's consider the leading theories of our age:

30 billion planets in our galaxy alone.
200 billions galaxies in our Universe.
The number of Universes out there could be infinite.
universe expends and contracts.

Chances are there other humanoid societies out there. Chances are that that we can even find life that is very similar to ours.
This logic is completely flawed. Without knowing the probability of an event, you can't say anything about chances. It's like saying "there are 7 billion people on Earth. Chances are, at least one of them is 50 feet tall." See?
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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I would guess there are or have been or will be molecules that organize into some sort of cells, maybe even tissues, organs, and organisms on other worlds.

Consciousness? I would guess consciusness is unique to the last 150,000 years (or 3000-ish years if you put stock in Jaynes' bicameral mind theory) on earth.

However, given interstellar and intergalactic distances that are far beyond the ability of humans to really appreciate, it is kind of a practical application of two possibilities (or really infinite possibilities) existing simultaneously: we might be the only "living" things in the entire breadth of the Universe; there might be life on a billion worlds; there might be forms of consciosness on a million worlds. It is likely we will never know, and so all three of these possibilities likely have exactly the same impact on us: zero. If you want to believe, knock yourself out.

Speaking of belief, I think we are about to (next 50-100 years) invent the second form of consciousness the Universe will ever have seen, as far as we know (Artificial Life).
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Let us not kid ourselves that we know what's really going on. Our perceptions are drastically limited. We know what ants on the ground could never perceive. We can invent instruments to extend our senses greatly, and study concepts that could never enter the mind of a horse or a dog. We think we're conscious. We think we guide our own actions. What if what we call consciousness is also rendered primitive and painfully limited by way of comparison with the next level of consciousness that we ourselves introduce to the Universe?

Are we well on our way to creating a planet-sized alien being? Have all events on Earth – the conversion of primordial molecules into self-replicating cells, multi-celled organisms, complex life, human consciousness, and the dawn of science and technology – been leading to this? Is this how the Universe turns the corner?

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Old 11-26-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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This logic is completely flawed. Without knowing the probability of an event, you can't say anything about chances. It's like saying "there are 7 billion people on Earth. Chances are, at least one of them is 50 feet tall." See?
We don't know the probability but the amount of stars in the known universe is often described as the total of grains of sands on earths beaches. Each of those stars potentially has many planets and each of those planets may have moons. We can never know the extent of the Universe.

When you consider the ingredients for life could exist in our own solar system on some of the moons of Saturn and Jupiter...
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