What is out there?

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    What is out there?

    DO you think that there is other intelligent life out there in the universe? why? what do you think it will look like? How do you think we'll deal with them?

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    No, I don't believe in extraterrestrial life. It is not in my religion as a Christian.

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    If you go by statistics taking into consideration the number of planets in our own solar system times the number of other solar systems, it is likely that there are hundreds of millions of other planets. Is there a another planet just like earth? Hard to say, until we acquire some means to check them out.

    It's nearly impossible to predict what other life forms might look like because there is a great deal of diversity even on our own planet. However many years ago were the dinosaurs, then humans, and acquatic life and life in between.

    I think that this would be a really interesting subject but since we don't have the technology to do any serious inquiry we will have to wait. I wouldn't mind just getting off earth, nevermind other life forms.

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    Makes perfect sence for the to be other intelligent life out there. Maybe even for some of them to have to vistited us. I don't know how they would look that would depend on there envorment around them. I think we would as a general population except them if they came in piece. If they atacked then guess what, to bad for them.
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    ... If they atacked then guess what, to bad for them.
    Yeah right. I'm sure that they would kick our ass if they have the technology to travel through space and visit us.

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    Look into Einstein's works, or Hawkings. I believe in other universes, but I also believe in a universal God.

    >>It is not in my religion as a Christian.

    I am a Catholic. I can't recall there being anywhere in the bible where it says there is no life beyond earth. What are you basing this comment on?
    Ramble on...

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    What are you basing this comment on?
    Likely some religious bull**** written somewhere.

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    As I said, I can't recall there being any message from God or Jesus, or any Christian church which says there are no other forms of life beyond earth.
    Ramble on...

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    >Yeah right. I'm sure that they would kick our ass if they have the technology to travel through space and visit us.<

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    > I am a Catholic. I can't recall there being anywhere in the bible where it says there is no life beyond earth. What are you basing this comment on?

    I guess I don't really have direct proof of this, but I have thought of this before, of course, and I go back to the creation stories. God created all on earth and humans are the master of them all. Well, the point is "on earth". He didn't create any life forms on other planets. But that is just my interpretation.

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    The universe is massive beyond all comprehension and it contains billions of stars and galaxies. Our sun is only a star and that provides us with heat and light so it would seem quite reasonable to think that there must be other planets in other solar systems that have the capability of supporting life. So all in all I think it is unlikely that we are alone!
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    I'm rather agnostic about it. The vastness of space says yes, the lack of any evidence of extraterrestrials in our solar system says no. Considering how little we know, we can't even speculate fairly. I suppose the most reasonable thing to say is that there is likely extraterrestial intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, but it's extremely rare; no more than a few per galaxy.

    It also depends on what we mean by the universe: everything which we'll potentially come into contact with in the foreseeable future (our Galaxy), the presently observable universe, the entire universe, or the multiverse in either its conceptions as a higher-dimensional structure connected (or not) to our 3/4/11 dimensional universe or as proposed by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.


    As for what they look like, almost certainly nothing like us. In fact, any civilization which we would actually come in contact with would probably be so advanced it would have transformed itself to look nothing like it did originally, simply because supporting creatures that evolved on planets in hostile environments requires far too much effort, and because there are limitations on the creative and calculative power of an organically evolved intelligence. I think a highly advanced civilization would grow so dependent on machines that they would eventually completely supplant the original species. After a point there'd be nothing left for the original species to do; their continued existence would be purposeless.


    I think the Christian problem with extraterresials is the whole Jesus-saving-everyone-through-death thing. It would seem to require Jesus being incarnated on each planet individually, and then dying to save each planet individually. Total nonsense. (But then again, so is most of the rest of religion. And in regards to "saving", I'm not even sure that this has been adequatly compromised with evolution, which by identifying Genesis as a myth renders the concept of a fall nonexistent, and therefore making "saving" and Jesus seemingly pointless.)

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    >>I think the Christian problem with extraterresials is the whole Jesus-saving-everyone-through-death thing. It would seem to require Jesus being incarnated on each planet individually, and then dying to save each planet individually. Total nonsense.<<

    Sigh. Why do people who profess no belief in Jesus or God take the bible so literally?
    Ramble on...

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    Originally posted by EvenFlow Sigh. Why do people who profess no belief in Jesus or God take the bible so literally?
    Well, moderates aren't exactly well known for violently promulgating their point of view, so it's the extremist interpretations that leave lasting impressions. I don't want to throw this thread off-topic, but do you have an alternative explanation? Do most Christians believe that Jesus did not die to "save" humanity? (If not, why do they call themselves Christians; as isn't that what Christ means?)

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    hmmm... i always thought that we didn't really know... so we couldn't really say... and i think that now...

    speaking of dimension... that's another thing... [i'd have to say that seeing time as the fourth dimension was/is a very interesting proposition...] but just as we can conceptualize a quadruple subscripted array in what is essentially a one-dimentional ram-space... other levels of dimension aren't that hard to see organized... [on an hd... ]
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