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Ok 1st wow a picture of the blue book i have only heard of this in rumors never even sean a pic of it.
i guess i would lean back to curiosity would be a good reason to check out the human race. But still all they would find is death and destruction. I mean look every advancement we have comes from a weapon of some come. The X-ray which is used to heal is a side affect of the Manhattan project. We develop really great prosthetic limbs for people why because we send kids to war and the lose them. Almost all of mans leaps forward are because we are looking for new and more inventive ways to kill each other. '
Who would any of this appeal to if the are a curios peace faring race then we are more than likely to violent and if they are a species out to conquer than we are to much of a challenge, until one of these is taken out of the equation we will not meat anyone.
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i can, i was a vending machine.
lol..
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We know more about evolution that we do about gravity, but nobody questions gravity.
Most of the confusion comes from the fact many people don't actually understand what the word theory means in a scientific sense and assume it's just a guess. People just don't understand that that evolution is fact, and it is our attempt to explain how it works(natural selection) that is theory. Just like gravity, we know it exists. Our attempt to explain it however is still theory no matter how much we are sure we are right.

That and other reasons I'm sure the mods wouldn't like us to get into.
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dunno but a bit of common sense + a reasonable understanding of our galaxy alone should suggest that out of the hundreds of millions of planets and moons around in the goldilocks zone, at least a FEW hundred thousands of planets should be damn near identical to earth.
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I think you guys need to take a look at this vid by highly renowned physicist Michio Kaku

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw8dc...ayer_embedded#!
He hit the nail on the head watch the vid
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How do you define "conditions to support life"? The presence of water? Oxygen?
Who said they need that to live? We are just a grain of sand in the universe, we only know the conditions to support life in our planet, we can't know if other beings can survive with or without them, we don't know if they're "made the same material" as us...
(I'm talking about the existence of other beings, not about other planets where we can live, btw)



We're barely the size of an atom more like it.
No one said it, that's how it just seems to work here on our planet. And given the range of environments we have found life to be present in, water seems to be one of the constants. We can't very well go looking our first example of extra terrestrial life on gas giants or "super earths". If we did, scientists would be up to their ears in candidate planets, actually they would have 50,000,000,000 candidate planets. You can't search through those numbers looking for what are, as of now, unverified forms of life. If you narrow down the results to planets that share similar properties and conditions as ours you will most likely find life similar to our own... and eventually intelligent life.

The Universe is vast beyond comprehension, and we simply don't have time to try and beat the house odds on a game of intergalactic guess who with the 50,000,000,000 or more planets that might be out there.... just in our galaxy
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He hit the nail on the head watch the vid
That guy is amazing.
I share many, if not all of his opinions on subjects like universe/aliens/god.
You want humanity to progress? Put guys like him as teachers wherever you can.

Thanks for the link, really, I didn't know him.
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That guy is amazing.
I share many, if not all of his opinions on subjects like universe/aliens/god.
You want humanity to progress? Put guys like him as teachers wherever you can.

Thanks for the link, really, I didn't know him.
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Take me to your leader.


He's an intelligent individual.

EDIT: I think I've been to hyperspace.
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We have yet to discover every form of life on our own planet, what makes you think we're going to find life on another anytime soon?

EDIT: We should send a small amount of water with some form of life within it with probes to a bunch of these "habitual" planets! So even if there is no life, there will be eventually.
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Not much point if we can't get to them safely.
    
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