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2014-07-17 10:24:47 AM  
Microbes on Mars perhaps but finding a habitable planet does not equal proof that life exists.  For the record, I believe life absolutely DOES exist elsewhere given the sheer number of stars, but everything's so farking far away.  Is this new telescope capable of detecting molecules that could only be organic?
 
2014-07-17 10:28:23 AM  
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The other aliens want recognition too...
 
2014-07-17 10:44:03 AM  

kdawg7736: [ctrlzstudio.com image 320x240]
The other aliens want recognition too...


Yeah, the Skrulls, Kree, Thanagarians, random Kryptonians, etc want recognition too.
 
2014-07-17 01:27:09 PM  
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2014-07-17 01:28:00 PM  
I have an ex whose initials are ALF, but I shaved that hairy beast.

/she was smokin'
 
2014-07-17 01:30:53 PM  
Let me know when we find someone like
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-17 01:43:28 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Let me know when we find someone like
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DAT ALIEN SWASTIKA
 
2014-07-17 01:44:21 PM  

phillydrifter: I have an ex whose initials are ALF, but I shaved that hairy beast.

/she was smokin'


Did she like to eat pussy?
 
2014-07-17 02:03:59 PM  
Fark headline: NASA says alien life will be discovered in the next 20 years.

Actual headline:  NASA says discovering alien life in next 20 years is 'within reach'

Actual origin of the entire story:"I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe," NASA astronomer Kevin Hand (One guy from NASA) said during a panel discussion at NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.


There's no news today. Go make some up!
 
2014-07-17 02:09:18 PM  
Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.
 
2014-07-17 02:18:13 PM  

Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.



oh, and why haven't they made themselves known to us???  we aren't ready. we haven't evolved enough to accept that kind of contact.  besides, they probably follow the Prime Directive.  and they know we would freak out if they showed up and it would disrupt our species as a whole.  hell, humans can't handle the little things. something as big as a space ship from another solar system would cause mass panic.  the Space People are smarter than to do that.  they have to be, they've made it all the way to our solar system.

besides, they are only interested in learning about us.  we probably have nothing to offer them. and if they needed some seawater, etc. for supplies, they would take it without us knowing.
 
2014-07-17 02:20:07 PM  

Linux_Yes: Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.


oh, and why haven't they made themselves known to us???  we aren't ready. we haven't evolved enough to accept that kind of contact.  besides, they probably follow the Prime Directive.  and they know we would freak out if they showed up and it would disrupt our species as a whole.  hell, humans can't handle the little things. something as big as a space ship from another solar system would cause mass panic.  the Space People are smarter than to do that.  they have to be, they've made it all the way to our solar system.

besides, they are only int ...


Let's face it, folks.  Earth is nothing but a gas station/rest stop for the Space People.  ((::
 
2014-07-17 02:32:58 PM  

Mad_Radhu: phillydrifter: I have an ex whose initials are ALF, but I shaved that hairy beast.

/she was smokin'

Did she like to eat pussy?


Ok that was great.

/we would've also accepted
//Did you eat her pussy?
 
2014-07-17 02:34:17 PM  
ITT really dumb farkers who think they are smart will make the case that the universe will somehow obey predictions made by us even though we have nowhere near all the sufficient data to make such predictions.

Honestly the Drake Equation is mostly just wishful thinking brought together from a lack of data and human experience. We're not going to find alien life until we find alien life.
 
2014-07-17 02:35:25 PM  

AteMyBrain: Fark headline: NASA says alien life will be discovered in the next 20 years.

Actual headline:  NASA says discovering alien life in next 20 years is 'within reach'

Actual origin of the entire story:"I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe," NASA astronomer Kevin Hand (One guy from NASA) said during a panel discussion at NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.


There's no news today. Go make some up!


Came here to say this.  

And of course it might be the case that our ability to find it will find nothing because it is not there in first place.  That is the thing about science, we often don't know the answers in advance. 

Finding out that some body in the Solar System has microbes on it is not exactly mean to me that we are not alone.  I suspect that microbial life of various sorts are "common" in our universe but technological civilizations are not.  (Note: common can still mean it is 50 light years away.)
 
2014-07-17 02:41:11 PM  

nekom: Microbes on Mars perhaps but finding a habitable planet does not equal proof that life exists.  For the record, I believe life absolutely DOES exist elsewhere given the sheer number of stars, but everything's so farking far away.  Is this new telescope capable of detecting molecules that could only be organic?


Pretty much. About the only thing we can say with certainty is "we can't preclude any possibilities" even if one of those possibilities might be we're the only (sentient, at least) life around, but it never hurts to be optimistic and try to be as ready to meet alien life as possible.
 
2014-07-17 02:42:56 PM  

Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts. why wouldn't they be? our solar system is young compared to the others out there. we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years). anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist, or all 4.


Hint to dimwitted linux user. While it is probably fact that "life" exists outside our solar system, it is far from fact that any of it is beyond us in technology or smarts. It is entirely possible that there is a filter that limits how intelligent a lifeform gets, one that maybe we were the only ones to successfully navigate, or that we have yet to come up against and will wipe us out before we can become a space faring species. Saying "take a look at the numbers" is a stupid argument when you don't know what the requirements for life to begin actually are, which we don't, or what type of solar system is required for life to survive long enough to evolve the complexity to become a technological or space faring civilization. We currently have a statistical model of 1 for life to reach our level of technological advancement, and no way to tell how many of the other solar systems match that model closely (a planet in the habital zone, an asteroid belt and large planets further out protecting that habital planet from dangerous asteroids, and a larger than normal moon to name a few), or even what particular features of our solar system are that let us get this far. We have a statistical model of 0 for civilizations advanced beyond ours, and we are not what I would call a space faring race by any means yet. We may be wiped out, either by ourselves or a natural catastrophe before we can ever get to the point when we are one... and that might be the same for any other lifeform that has existed.
 
2014-07-17 02:47:32 PM  

Linux_Yes: oh, and why haven't they made themselves known to us???


My thinking is if they did visit us, they likely did it before written communication existed (which has only existed for a blip in the cosmic timescale). Hell, maybe they visited during the dinosaur days. Or they visited but happened to visit some unpopulated area 75,000 years ago
 
2014-07-17 02:47:44 PM  
Apparently NASA has added a Department of Ideas We Pull Out of Our Ass.
 
2014-07-17 02:49:55 PM  

nekom: Microbes on Mars perhaps but finding a habitable planet does not equal proof that life exists.  For the record, I believe life absolutely DOES exist elsewhere given the sheer number of stars, but everything's so farking far away.  Is this new telescope capable of detecting molecules that could only be organic?



No need. Just spot free oxygen in a planet's atmosphere.
 
2014-07-17 02:57:59 PM  

Linux_Yes: Linux_Yes: Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.


oh, and why haven't they made themselves known to us???  we aren't ready. we haven't evolved enough to accept that kind of contact.  besides, they probably follow the Prime Directive.  and they know we would freak out if they showed up and it would disrupt our species as a whole.  hell, humans can't handle the little things. something as big as a space ship from another solar system would cause mass panic.  the Space People are smarter than to do that.  they have to be, they've made it all the way to our solar system.

besides, they a ...


Well that went from reasonable, to Fox Mulder, to reasonable again, to bananas. Awfully quickly.

But anyway... I agree the numbers make it clear that life is out there. I just think the strategic questions make it clear why we don't see them: What kind of an idiot would advertise their presence to the rest of the universe? That would be suicidal. Of course they're quiet, and we should be just as careful as we go out into the stars.
 
2014-07-17 03:04:28 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: But anyway... I agree the numbers make it clear that life is out there.


No, considering we've never met sentient alien life and thus know nothing about what it needs to exist we cannot calculate how likely it is to exist elsewhere/around the universe in general, making "look a the numbers" complete and utter sophistry.
 
2014-07-17 03:17:49 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: ITT really dumb farkers who think they are smart will make the case that the universe will somehow obey predictions made by us even though we have nowhere near all the sufficient data to make such predictions.

Honestly the Drake Equation is mostly just wishful thinking brought together from a lack of data and human experience. We're not going to find alien life until we find alien life.


Balderdash! We will find alien life LONG before we find alien life! Get a brain.
 
2014-07-17 03:36:15 PM  

Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.


The Great Filter would like to have a word with you.
 
2014-07-17 04:00:38 PM  
In other words, they discovered it a few years ago and decided to wait because of that whole Orson Welles thing...
 
2014-07-17 04:18:42 PM  
Some people are going to be real disappointed when we finally encounter alien beings and they turn out not to have godlike wisdom and benevolence that they were just waiting to share with humanity until we were "ready".

/so-called atheists who think of aliens in those terms crack me up
 
2014-07-17 04:42:28 PM  
I absolutely believe there is intelligent life out there.
I would not be surprised if they have visited here, because I'm pretty sure their teenagers are the culprits responsible for numerous things I got blamed for in my youth, that I didn't do.  Assholes!
 
2014-07-17 04:46:31 PM  
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2014-07-17 05:19:12 PM  

Son of Thunder: Crotchrocket Slim: ITT really dumb farkers who think they are smart will make the case that the universe will somehow obey predictions made by us even though we have nowhere near all the sufficient data to make such predictions.

Honestly the Drake Equation is mostly just wishful thinking brought together from a lack of data and human experience. We're not going to find alien life until we find alien life.

Balderdash! We will find alien life LONG before we find alien life! Get a brain.


LOL in any case one might as well be predicting when we'll break light speed or inventing antimatter reactors or finding a cure for cancer or confirming unicorns exist for as close to reality people making predictions as to when we'll discovery intelligent alien life. What a stupid waste of time foolish people engage in. We won't know when we'll find sentient alien life... until after it happens basically.
 
2014-07-17 05:20:03 PM  

Son of Thunder: [img.fark.net image 540x327]


What if... Prometheus was a bitter let down of a movie :(
 
2014-07-17 05:22:30 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: No, considering we've never met sentient alien life and thus know nothing about what it needs to exist we cannot calculate how likely it is to exist elsewhere/around the universe in general, making "look a the numbers" complete and utter sophistry.


As the years pile up and as number of things in the universe adds up the likelihood of self-catalyzing enzymes -> life -> bigger life -> smarter life trends towards 100%.
 
2014-07-17 05:50:57 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Son of Thunder: [img.fark.net image 540x327]

What if... Prometheus was a bitter let down of a movie :(


Ain't no "what if" about THAT.
 
2014-07-17 05:55:49 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: Crotchrocket Slim: No, considering we've never met sentient alien life and thus know nothing about what it needs to exist we cannot calculate how likely it is to exist elsewhere/around the universe in general, making "look a the numbers" complete and utter sophistry.

As the years pile up and as number of things in the universe adds up the likelihood of self-catalyzing enzymes -> life -> bigger life -> smarter life trends towards 100%.


Yet we have little to no data on what intelligent life needs to evolve and not die out. You're also making the assumption that "bigger life" is the most surefire form for intelligent life to take, or that intelligent life is likely to be anything like us (or life that we'd recognize).

So many unproven assumptions at play here that it's a waste of time to spend much time trying to make such predictions.
 
2014-07-17 08:24:16 PM  

SpdrJay: Apparently NASA has added a Department of Ideas We Pull Out of Our Ass.


They opened it just in time for the man made global warming fearmongery.
 
2014-07-17 08:29:40 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: Yet we have little to no data on what intelligent life needs to evolve and not die out.


...well... yeah I'd say we have no idea. I have to agree with that. I can't think of any way we'd know.

You're also making the assumption that "bigger life" is the most surefire form for intelligent life to take,

Ok I said "bigger" when I meant "higher complexity." Intelligence definitely requires greater complexity.

or that intelligent life is likely to be anything like us (or life that we'd recognize).

Nah I'm not assuming that. That's the next step: How do we find it? I was just thinking about whether it's out there. Next comes whether we have/will/ever will/ever could recognize it.
 
2014-07-18 01:24:05 AM  

Linux_Yes: Hint to dimwit article writer: it's all but FACT that life exists outside our solar system. and FACT that some of this life is well beyond us in technology and smarts.  why wouldn't they be?  our solar system is young compared to the others out there.  we are the new kids/apes on the block. the numbers are too large for this not to be true.

look at the numbers , the billions of other planets out there ( a billion seconds is almost 32 years).  anyone who thinks we are the only life is either a bible thumper, stupid, ignorant, egotist,  or all 4.

the ONLY question is has any of these beings (space people) ever visit earth.  and do they stop by when they are in the neighborhood (sending down probes, for ex)

i personally believe they have been visiting this earth for millions, maybe billions of years.  well before we showed up. they, more than likely, have humongous space ships that are self sufficient and have been roaming around the universe for thousands or millions of years, having long left their home planet.  unless they can travel faster than light (or travel thru a space shortcut of some kind), they would have to move around in this way because of the vast distances of space.

but i cannot prove it.

but do they exist??  Jesus, what a dumb assed question.   here is another dumb assed question: is the sun hot?

comon' homo sapien, pull your head out of your chimp ass for once.  look at the broader picture.


Then where are they?
 
2014-07-18 03:35:25 AM  
Venus would be habitable if something hadn't completely resurfaced it a couple hundred million years ago.
 
2014-07-18 07:02:50 AM  

RedVentrue: Venus would be habitable if something hadn't completely resurfaced it a couple hundred million years ago.


Reapers.
 
2014-07-18 09:46:06 AM  
We'll never inhabit another planet!  LOL FTL travel!  3D printing wharrgarbl!

Am I doin' it rite?
 
2014-07-18 10:12:13 AM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: We'll never inhabit another planet!  LOL FTL travel!  3D printing wharrgarbl!

Am I doin' it rite?


He's gone man, just let it go.

Personally, I figure the universe has to have intelligent life somewhere else. The universe is a huge freaking place, and our little microscopic spec of it can't be the only place it's happened. It's likely not as common or widespread as TV and movies would have you believe, but I'm betting it's out there somewhere. Whether or not they're technologically advanced is anyone's guess.
 
2014-07-18 01:26:28 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: We'll never inhabit another planet!  LOL FTL travel!  3D printing wharrgarbl!

Am I doin' it rite?

He's gone man, just let it go.


:(
 
2014-07-18 10:19:56 PM  

gruntmints: RedVentrue: Venus would be habitable if something hadn't completely resurfaced it a couple hundred million years ago.

Reapers.


More pobably a large object like an asteroid or comet.
 
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