Originally posted by Religion
Of course we are not alone in the universe. Anyone who thinks so is self-centered and arrogant. We exist, therefore they exist. Simple as that.
That comment (not you) is a completely inept and rather clumsy way to put it.
There's no 'arrogance' involved, and no self-centeredness involved in a science-based evaluation.
In addition, if by 'not alone' you mean other carbon-based life, OF COURSE there are other carbon-based life examples, probably in our own solar
Why do I say an inept way of putting it, and by that I mean 'backwards' as in not expository? It's argument by intimidation. "You disagree and
we'll hate you or call your estimate a crude name and threaten to expose your mother footware".
Virtual 100% certainty there is other carbon based life in our solar system. We know there are Earth microbes on the Moon. (grin).
Virtual 100% certainty there are sentient civs in our Galaxy.
So why go into an argument based on intimidation? It's not necessary and gets us nowhere.
But if by 'arrogant' to say "we're alone" you mean that your comment implies aliens are here or are coming here, then that's not accurate
either. They aren't here because it's too difficult to overcome the harsh conditions and vast distances, not because I think I'm special.
Let's talk science and not devolve into emotion-based arguments.
There will never be 'Official Disclosure'. By that I mean a Press conference by the President. The Pres may give veiled hints of something like
Regan has done, but that's just a way of putting an emotional point on a speech.
Why? There's no benefit in it for the gubmint.
If aliens ever come here en masse
, we'll know it, but it's also possible that a staged event could occur with specific control purposes.
[edit on 22-7-2008 by Badge01]