posted on Apr, 14 2008 @ 03:25 PM
Why don't we try to prove that life on this planet exists?
I don't see why we are so worried about life on other planets when we haven't even proved our own existence yet.
Oh boy, Philosophy 101 huh? Prove you exist....
The easiest fallback is to of course use Rene' Descartes' "I think, therefore I am". I'd furthermore back that up with recent quantum physics
experiments that show how the act of being observed changes matter's behavior, and use it to bolster the claim.
Beside's, one man's "proof" is another man's "nonsense"... The most common conception of "proof" or "fact" is exactly that....a
conception...of what "most" people believe to be true. At one time, Creationism was a "proven" "fact". In many circles, it still is. So there
you go. Proof is simply a group of people "agreeing" that something is true. Proof has no bearing on whether something is actually true or not.
For example, I'd wager the average person on the street would believe themselves to be very "solid". This is in spite of the "fact" that most of
their body is taken up by the empty space between all of their particles.
So, why do we want to prove life exists elsewhere? Because, by the concensus of the people, we've already "proven" it exists here.... Of course,
there is still hot debate over whether or not life here is "intelligent"...
[edit on 14-4-2008 by Gazrok]