posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 03:54 PM
I am not a "sceptic" (SIC) but I am a skeptic.
Although I do not believe in Aliens such as Greys or Alien visitation to this planet via UFOs (I'm certainly open to the possibility if sufficient
and satisfactory evidence were ever to be provided), I do admit that from a purely mathematical standpoint, it is not only possible but probable
that Extra-terrestrial life exists.
All life on Planet Earth is made up of sequences of 20 Amino Acids which are combined into Protein Strands that make up rDNA. Out of those 20 Amino
Acids, 10 of them are found in Meteorites, showing that at least half of the building blocks of life are prevalent throughout the Universe. That makes
it pretty darn likely that life is equally as prevalent throughout the Universe.
However, the evolution of Homo Sapiens from those 20 Amino Acids and eventually becoming the predominant form of life on Planet Earth was basically a
series of events that would be unlikely to be reproduced elsewhere. Even with those 20 Amino Acids that make up the building blocks of life, there
exists an infinite number of combinations that allow for infinite diversity of life. The mathematical likelihood that Extra-terrestrial life evolved
parallel to us, in an anthropomorphic form similar to ours, is highly improbable.
If Extra-terrestrial life exists, and it is most likely that it does, it would most commonly be in the form of bacteria and simple organisms. More
complex forms of life would more probably be Silicon-based rather than Carbon-based as life on Planet Earth is, and would be entirely foreign to our
minds to conceive. Even if Carbon-based Extra-terrestrial life-forms evolved into complex organisms, it would be more likely Insectoid or Saurian than
Mammalian lifeforms that happen to be Bi-Pedal, with a Low-Body Mass, possessing Opposable Thumbs, and other Anthropomorphic Traits similar to Humans.
Although the Theorists that believe that life on Planet Earth was manipulated by Aliens to evolve parallel to them (created in their own image)
attempt to explain away this mathematical impossibility, it relies on a premise that has no compelling proof and requires as great of a leap of faith
as Religion and Creationism does. Faith might be good enough for some, but as a skeptic I require demonstrative proof that I can duplicate myself in
order to be convinced.
Besides, regardless of if you believe Homo Sapiens we were Created by a god, or seeded by Alien Greys, or Evolved on our own through a series of
events that are highly improbable to be duplicated elsewhere in the Universe, there is one common denominator that has not addressed to the
satisfaction of skeptics. In any of these scenarios, we know from Anthropology and History, just from the past 50,000 years alone, that as any Culture
evolves Technologically, so does it evolve Sociologically. I find it unreasonable to believe that a Technologically evolved Extra-terrestrial species
would not have advanced Sociologically as well. Slavery, Genetic Manipulation, Social Manipulation, Abductions, Medical Experiments, et cetera are
things that a species at the current Human level of Technological Advancement would do, but a more Technological Advanced Species would most probably
not do...assuming that Human Life was indeed Created or Manipulated in the Aliens/God's Image.
So, I do not believe in Aliens as most, although I do believe in the mathematical probability of Extra-Terrestrial life in the form of Bacteria,
Simple Organisms, Silicon-based Life-forms or Carbon-based Life-forms that would most likely not be Anthropomorphic to Homo Sapiens. Until I am given
sufficient and credible (meaning demonstrable) proof to the contrary, I will continue to put my faith in the Law of Probability and Ockham's
(And for the record, it doesn't bother me that others may beg to differ. To each their own as that is their own prerogative. I have my criteria for
what is "proof" while others have their standards.)