September 3, 2004 at 1:41 am #57410
You can’t even declare what conditions would be “right.” When you get down to it, life isn’t anything more than self-replicating molecules. We happen to be made out of a particular set of elements, and a very small one at that. Surely there are many other ways “life” could exist. The vast majority of them are probably beyond our understanding.
All I know is I better get a ray gun when they come.September 3, 2004 at 2:28 am #57419
“Dragoon” wrote: Woah, you really freaked me out there because November 9th is my birthday (wh– how did he–???) Then I realized it must be the Halo release date.
LOL. Yeah, that is the Halo 2 release date.
About your actual message, I think perhaps if you sit down for a while and imagine just how VAST the Universe is, and how tiny Earth is, you might think differently. I know, you could say “No two snowflakes are alike, why should two planets be?”, but they don’t actually have to be ALIKE, just under the same conditions. It might be possible that living organisms lived on Mars at some point in history! The planet right next to us.
I know that such a vast universe does make life on other planets seem very possible, I’m not denying that. What I’m saying, is that it doesn’t guarantee it. I wasn’t saying that the chances are small for there to be an earth-like planet, even though I doubt there is one like earth. If there is life on other planets, its very possible that they would live in an entirely differant enivronment. All that I was saying was I don’t think that an infinite universe guarantees other intelligent life. One thing that I’ve thought about, is that there could be humans on other earth-like planets.
As I said, physical contact is not really in reach, unless super intelligent aliens came HERE. But, when you think about it, is that something we want? To be indigenous barbarians in the complete control (at least potentially) of Aliens? Look what happened to the Native Americans when the Europeans settled in the New World.
I never said we’d contact them, I was thinking more along the lines of them contacting us, though that, too, is highly unlikely. And, I never said that I wanted to be in complete control of them. I best stop now, before I all of this leads back to Halo…September 3, 2004 at 2:59 am #57425
“Dragoon” wrote: …sit down for a while and imagine just how VAST the Universe is, and how tiny Earth is…
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” wrote: Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space. Listen… and so on.
I don’t know if the signals received are real or not. However, if they were real, they would be really, REALLY old, since they’ve had to travel so far.September 3, 2004 at 3:27 am #57433
Please don’t compare me to Douglass Adam’s. It really makes me look unimaginative. :winkSeptember 3, 2004 at 3:47 am #57441
I wasn’t trying to compare you to him. Your statement just made me think of that.September 3, 2004 at 12:06 pm #57506