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    IF it is intelligent, it will avoid earth like a plague. I do wonder about life on other planets and if evolution is true, life on other planets may be more advanced than earth or could be in the beginning stages. I'm sure I'll be gone from this earth before we know for sure, but it is an interesting theory.
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    @Bill2E Unless they come to us, we'll all be gone. It would take billions of years to get there. I'm not sure how you stock up a ship for that one.
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    But who's to say we are intelligent life? and who are we to label what is intelligent. We only have a 1% DNA difference from chimps, and they can throw poop while we can build space stations. Wouldn't an alien species that isn't composed of DNA or maybe have an even greater difference in DNA than us. Would our space exploration seem like throwing poop to them? How intelligent would they be? Wouldn't we be the chimps?
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    Love to go live on another planet! Just get a starship and I'm outta here!
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    @VotersUnited Sorry, but we don't have the means to power a starship now. Fusion reactor might do it, but the other issue is the only FTL drives we have are in the experimental stages.
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    Obama would like to invite them to America and give them free housing, food, education and healthcare. He also wants to register them to vote after offering them US Citizenship.
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    So on the NASA channel I heard it said, that every time the Hubble takes a picture- in that picture there are a 100 suns, with every sun planets and a chance at life.
    Then multiply that times thousands of pictures the hubble takes everyday.
    And IMO, the chances of us being the only life forms becomes alot less likely.
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    Makes you wonder about Genesis 6: "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose....There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Have aliens visited before? Or are what we now know as "aliens" actually angels and demons?
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    Always thought that was interesting. Think space is interesting but Biblical teaching says man will not conquer space, it will remain a mystery until the end. It also says there will be a new heaven and a new earth, so maybe we will someday reach another planet, open to interpretation.
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    If you're going to quote the Bible in relation to this article, you'd do better to quote the New Testament verse: "My Father's house has many mansions" .........
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    @Hillofbeans @Rogue That's a good one. I think there's a lot in there that could have interesting interpretation if you come it from a more "science-fiction" point of view.
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    As a HUGE Star Trek/Star Wars fan, this kind of thing has always interested me. I don't see why there certainly couldn't be life on other planets. Until we're able to travel that far out into the universe, or we are contacted by them, we'll never know, eh? ;)
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    I don't know if i'd want to know if there was any other life out there. There would certainly be a lot of the BAD with the GOOD.

    We've got enough bad folks right here on earth now.

    We don't need to add intergalactic criminals and thugs to the mix.
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    Given the distances involved, and the low probability of any given planet having life that has evolved enough to communicate, and being in the same period of evolution as us to effectively communicate, it can be said with most certainty that humans will never ever meet any extraterrestrial life other than perhaps microbial size life forms.

    The odds are certainly in the favor of intelligent extraterrestrial life to exist on countless planets in this and other galaxies, but we will simply not last long enough to find out, much less communicate with them.

    That is both sad, in the sense it would be nice to know for certain we are not alone, but also bad, as any ET that is smart enough to make it to Earth would most likely consider humans as nothing more than a food source or a pest, like we might consider most bacteria.
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    @Saving_USA I was talking more along the lines of single celled life that has been found, but again, you see a lot of single celled brains on politix too ;)
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    If you think about from a purely logical perspective, the pure numbers alone would prove the existence of life on other planets. If there's billions of planets and only 1/100 of 1% are capable of supporting life that's still thousands of planets. Even if it's a statistical anomaly, there should be dozens of planets with life.
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    @Yobyag Very clever. As it is most of space is just that. Space. I am still trying to work out "dark matter" and "string theory".
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    @ErnestPayne - String theory will give you terrible headache. Stay away from Quantum Physics if you value your sanity.
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    @Yobyag Absolutely correct. As one British astrophysicist said, decades ago, "The universe is not only stranger than we imagine it is stranger than we can imagine".
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    @ErnestPayne we need to build computers with AI advanced enough to think differently from us. so we can tackle the problem together.
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    Over 400 exoplanets have been directly detected. All of them are quit unlike the Earth, being much larger and at distances from their parent star quite different from the pattern we see in our solar system. Most of them are large, hot Jupiter like planets. However, smaller, rocky planets like Earth are there also just like in our solar system. We have three of them in our solar system. Life being viable on any of those planets is another thing altogether with intelligent life much less likely at any given time. Intelligent life capable of technology has existed on Earth for only a few hundred years out of the 4.5 billion year history of our solar system.
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    @SmarterThanYou Extrapolations are NOT observations of planets. Again, can one see them? Observe that they are there?
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    We've always used climates that exist to support our life as a standard for life on other planets, is it not possible that life could exist in environments different than our own earth?
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    Good point. Non Carbon based life forms could exist, or even electrical life forms. There is more that we humans don't know, than we realize.
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    GETTING to them.....that's the real trick, which'll take staggering leaps in automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and energy (all wrapped up in von Neumann probes sent out by the thousandfold).
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    You'd have to be a fool to honestly believe that we are the only forms of life out there. There's billions & billions of stars and galaxies out there & you're telling me Earth is the ONLY planet that can support life? Get real.
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    Why not? Who's to say the Higher Power we claim as our own doesn't have a lot more going on out there?
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    >>>Who's to say the Higher Power we claim as our own doesn't have a lot more going on out there? <<<

    The Higher Power.
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    @steveo

    I think what he was trying to say that the Higher Power claims he doesn't have a lot more going on out there.
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    @cnw95

    Mostly Big Jims and 6-4s. But when I do grow Habs, I like to let them get really ripe before I eat them. It lets out the fruitiness in them.
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    @Thunderchicken So you like them really hot.

    I like heat but only to a certain extent.

    That stuff REALLY burns on the way out...if you know what I mean.
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    @cnw95

    "So you like them really hot."
    Not so much for the heat hot but for the flavor. Habs when they are really ripe have a flavor that I can only describe as what I imagine eating a tulip would be like. They must develope some sugar too. The ripe ones are usually milder than the green ones. The green ones are too hot for me.

    "That stuff REALLY burns on the way out...if you know what I mean."
    I've never had that problem.(Thank God) But I am allergic to capsaicin. Whenever I eat it I’ll turn very red, sweat a good bit and my nose will run. I’ve had people in restaurants ask me if I was OK. It's kinda funny.
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    @Thunderchicken I like some hot foods especially CHILI and HOT WINGS.

    I REALLY dislike those two foods if they don't have some heat.

    I make hot wings with the franks hotsauce.

    I soak the wings in the sauce for a few hours then pop them in the oven at about 375 until they are crispy but not burnt.

    Then I put them in a metal mixing bowl and pour a little more on them and toss them to coat the whole bowl of wings. That's the right amount of heat but if I eat the whole bowl, I'll be up EARLY heading you no where.

    As far as chili, I use this sauce called "daves' insanity sauce."

    Good stuff but I only use a little at a time and taste test with each addition.

    Too much of that and your in trouble...depending on who you are.
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    So, it is looking less and less likely that life is just a random happenstance occurrence since there are so many planets in the universe that have intelligent life on them.
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    This is precisely why we humans need to cast aside our primitive religions, wars and greed, and focus our collective energies on developing space travel technology. The final frontier awaits.
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    There are approx 400 billion stars in just our galaxy alone.The Milky Way is only 1 of 400 Billion galaxies in the observable universe and possibly lots more beyond.In all that,Our little 3rd rock from the sun can't be the only planet with intelligent life.
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    This is a no brainer. Why wouldn't there be life on other planets that can support it? The elements needed to create life are all over the universe. I would be more shocked to find out that it didn't exist on other planets that can support it than I would be to find life there.
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    I heard they were actually a fail lab experiment gone wrong in Hollywood, and they escaped and slithered their way across the world. HAHA
  • #54
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    Perhaps seeing how little intelligent life is left here.GOD saw the mistake of his plan for earth and its people why not try again?
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    @Paultron Even the most loving and guiding parents have had a child chose to OD on drugs,rape ,murder ,steal and turn there backs on their creators mom,dad and GOD.The failure is our own.
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    @miketost sorry, but that being god you speak of is all powerful. this whole child misbehaving story doesn't fit. he could, if he wanted, make us less violent and more compassionate. but he chooses to flood the planet when he can't think of anything particularly useful or then sacrifice his son for our sins. he's painfully unimaginative for a creature that designed the periodic table....
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    @Paultron He is not the master that whips those that chose not to follow.It is a choice we have been granted to create our own destiny.Other wise we would be pre-programed robots and not humans.Life given is a gift if valued or thrown in the trash it is an individuals choice to do either.
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