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Actually I see even odds; There is other life or there is not. 50/50 odds are not bad.

Just because there exist two possibilities does not mean that those possibilities are equally likely. Let's play a game:

You get to flip a coin, and if you get heads, I give you a dollar.
Then I get to flip ten coins, and if any of them get heads, you give me a dollar.
We repeat this process for a hundred rounds. You flip, I flip, a hundred pairs.

Any guess as to who comes out ahead?
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Arguing the existence of intelligent alien life is kind of like arguing that the sun will rise tomorrow: Based on past observations it is highly likely that it will, however we can't prove that until the morning.
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Just because there exist two possibilities does not mean that those possibilities are equally likely. Let's play a game:

You get to flip a coin, and if you get heads, I give you a dollar.
Then I get to flip ten coins, and if any of them get heads, you give me a dollar.
We repeat this process for a hundred rounds. You flip, I flip, a hundred pairs.

Any guess as to who comes out ahead?

I didn't think that statement would float for long anyway. whistle.gif
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Actually I see even odds; There is other life or there is not. 50/50 odds are not bad.

There is a 100% chance of one of those answers being correct, not a 50% chance of either.
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Originally Posted by Mand12 View Post

Just because there exist two possibilities does not mean that those possibilities are equally likely. Let's play a game:

You get to flip a coin, and if you get heads, I give you a dollar.
Then I get to flip ten coins, and if any of them get heads, you give me a dollar.
We repeat this process for a hundred rounds. You flip, I flip, a hundred pairs.

Any guess as to who comes out ahead?

Whoever is flipping the double headed coin.
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Arguing the existence of intelligent alien life is kind of like arguing that the sun will rise tomorrow: Based on past observations it is highly likely that it will, however we can't prove that until the morning.

Well, we can prove where our planet is and how it moves. We can also forecast the future existence of our sun with more than a 12 hour lead time. So, I don't really like this analogy.

The sun rising tomorrow is a given, based on our current understanding of natural laws. Life elsewhere, while it may seem like a near certainty, cannot yet be proven or forecast in the same manner. I would be very surprised if there wasn't life that originated independently from that on Earth out there somewhere, but I know this planet will keep rotating on it's axis for at least 12 more hours, and I know the sun will still be there in 12 hours. Far future predictions of events may get a bit fuzzy, but there isn't even any conceivable force that could alter these facts without more forewarning.
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Our existence in the universe = may flies. We need AI to persist the tests of time.
Real life Talos Principle confirmed.
    
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I always start to wonder when I think about the fact that the ISS space station is thought to be the most expensive structure we have ever built, and that makes me sad, makes me realize how far we might have been able to go and achieve if the funding for science experiments and space research would be the same as it was in the race to the moon.

Where would we be if the funds would never have been as limited as they are now ? Would we have discovered this planet sooner ? Would we even already have something travelling there right now to research it ?
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I always start to wonder when I think about the fact that the ISS space station is thought to be the most expensive structure we have ever built, and that makes me sad, makes me realize how far we might have been able to go and achieve if the funding for science experiments and space research would be the same as it was in the race to the moon.

Where would we be if the funds would never have been as limited as they are now ? Would we have discovered this planet sooner ? Would we even already have something travelling there right now to research it ?

The problem is we have a bunch of egg heads trying to validate the costs to a bunch of idiot politicians. We need a lot more natural disasters to fix it all.
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Actually I see even odds; There is other life or there is not. 50/50 odds are not bad.

Do they teach basic statistics in your country? Because what you just wrote packs some ignorance.
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I will be more interested in planet 9 discovery plus a actual mission there than the Proxima Centuri b mission, for all you know, we might not even be around here in OCN when the day mankind has something that finally reach there and we learn something from it.
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I will be more interested in planet 9 discovery plus a actual mission there than the Proxima Centuri b mission, for all you know, we might not even be around here in OCN when the day mankind has something that finally reach there and we learn something from it.
You don't have any plans to transcend like the rest of us here on OCN? You ever wonder why we build water-cooled deca-core systems tweaked to the max? It's for the resurrection...
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