Originally Posted by slipstream808
The fact that there is life on earth is nothing short of a miracle. And I do mean that in a scientific sense. And I think it could hold true elsewhere. But life as intelligent as us? That's beyond a miracle. I guess I'm just a huge skeptic on this. I think if intelligent life were out there it would have reached out to us by now. Then again there are just way too many possibilities to consider of what life out there is like.
Ultimately I say we keep hoping and we keep looking.
I don't think you realize just how truly huge the universe is. Even if the chance of life occurring was a one to a quadrillion chance there still would be hundreds of thousands of planets that would potentially have life on it. That is of course assuming that 500 million planets in the habitable zone is about average for a galaxy. Saying because we haven't seen alien life means it isn't there is like taking a cup of water from the ocean and saying, "yup whales don't exist."
On top of that the idea that they would have "reached out to us by now" is absurd. That would take thousands of years and that is assuming they were in a system near by. That is of course assuming the concept of warping spacetime to travel faster than light is all sci fi. If it were possible and aliens did have the ability to do it I doubt they would waste their time dealing with such a barbaric, ignorant and primitive race.(in comparison to a race so technologically advanced they could manipulate space itself.)Edited by scyy - 2/21/11 at 12:40am