keiverarrow: Statistically, it's ridiculous to argue otherwise. However, it should be noted that we've never even been able to communicate effectively with the domestic house cat, among the other creatures our planet has to offer. Let's hope they're more like dogs if we ever meet any.
indarwinsshadow: Our journey has been so unique, what're the odds of anything going through the same process to get where we are.
T.rex: If i had a trillion grains of multi-colored sand, and tossed them up in the air, and measured how they landed, that doesn't mean that i could ever exactly replicate that ever again, even if i tried an infinite number of times
FloydA: I'd bet everything I own that there are living things on other planets. I would not bet on intelligent organisms. It would be pretty neat though.
FlashHarry: the universe is almost infinitely big and 14 billion years old. to think we're the only planet to develop intelligence is just incredibly improbable. however, this vastness also means that it's incredibly improbable that we'll ever contact another intelligent species.
T.rex: Why? break it down... infinite... infinite possibilities. There are infinite things that will happen once, infinite things that will happen twice, three times up to infinity times.... Why wouldn't there be? If you're not putting a cap on any scenario, then the scenario of something happening a single time is just as valid as it happening an infinity times.
Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Hold up there, Sparky- I thought we weren't supposed to go to Europa.
Lawnchair: Smackledorfer: But I expect that people will be living on other planets within a few hundred years, and expanding from there. Once you break out of the pull of being stuck in a single solar system.Other planets/moons/planetsimals/Sun-orbiting-stations within our solar system? Sure, though I'd put it more in the 1000-year range.Getting out of our solar system? Voyager I is 1/20th of 1% of the closest distance to the nearest anything at all. There's orders-of-magnitude, then there's orders-of-magnitude...
DORMAMU: Great Janitor: The dumbest argument for not believing in aliens was a girl who said "The bible doesn't mention aliens so they aren't real." I responded with "Penguins."Her reaction?You could have pointed out god admitted there are other gods, and why couldnt they be aliens?/Worship no other gods for I am a jealous god..
Magnanimous_J: If nothing is truly impossible, just highly improbable, but time is infinite, then wouldn't everything possible have already happened infinite times before?
Great Janitor: The dumbest argument for not believing in aliens was a girl who said "The bible doesn't mention aliens so they aren't real." I responded with "Penguins."
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: The lack of contact from intelligent beings suggests that 300,000 km/sec is a harsh mistress, that there are no shortcuts around the speed of light.
Harv72b: T.rex: If i had a trillion grains of multi-colored sand, and tossed them up in the air, and measured how they landed, that doesn't mean that i could ever exactly replicate that ever again, even if i tried an infinite number of timesActually, if you did it an infinite amount of times then you would not only exactly replicate it, you would exactly replicate it an infinite amount of times./This is the crap I think about at night when I should be sleeping.
dababler: Dolphins. Why? Dolphins are the frat boys of the sea, but smarter than average actual human frat boys.
Harv72b: reklamfox: I doubt very much that we will ever come into contact with anything that is an complex as we areI tend to think that if we ever come into contact with another "intelligent" life form, it will be far more complex than we are.
busy chillin': Life on other planets = yes, almost 100% definitelyIntelligent life on other planets = that's a toughie, I'll go 25% chance/not a scientist
Cythraul: [imgs.xkcd.com image 413x336]
Cheron: I find it mind blowing to look at the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field and think that one tiny patch of sky has 5,500 galaxies in it. To think that we are it is hubris
cwolf20: Or cats have never been able to find intelligent humans to communicate effectively with.
Sybarite: I tend to believe the Rare Earth hypothesis that while simple, unicellular life is probably fairly common, highly complex life is likely to be quite rare.
exick: FlashHarry: the universe is almost infinitely big and 14 billion years old. to think we're the only planet to develop intelligence is just incredibly improbable. however, this vastness also means that it's incredibly improbable that we'll ever contact another intelligent species.The likelihood of any other intelligent species being too far away to contact, the possibility of them not being advanced enough to have the ability to receive any sort of radio communication, let alone of the interplanetary variety, and of having no way of interpreting each other's communications anyway makes me sad.
keiverarrow: we've never even been able to communicate effectively with the domestic house cat
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