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Originally posted by Vilyariel
I was wondering if anyone has figured out how many aliens possibly exist?
Originally posted by IgnoreTheFacts
Well, there is the Drake Equation, which is really cool to ponder, unfortunately no one can no the variables so the answer is always the same....it is somewhere between just 1 and 1 with lots of zeros behind it.
Drake - Wiki Listing
Of course this has nothing to do with the estimated number of aliens visiting Earth for their anal probe fix though. That requires more speculation than the Drake Equation does, and a leap of faith that most should not be willing to take if they want this subject to move forward.
[edit on 8-6-2009 by IgnoreTheFacts]
Originally posted by pazcat
Well if we are working on the theory of an infinite universe i am reminded of the following quote.
"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
So zero sounds about right.
[edit on 8-6-2009 by pazcat]
Originally posted by pazcat
Well if we are working on the theory of an infinite universe i am reminded of the following quote.
"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
So zero sounds about right.
[edit on 8-6-2009 by pazcat]