Originally posted by DoomsdayRex
I think so. I have yet to see another member who doubts we are alone; whether or not they are coming here is a different matter.
I'd just like to say that I don't know whether we're alone in the universe or not, but at this particular point in time, it sure looks that way.
We have absolutely zero proof that there is life anywhere but here on Earth.
A lot of people will bring up the numbers, that there are billions of stars and planets, probably with water on them, and that amino acids form if you
hit some chemical combinations with electricity, etc. But amino acids are a long, long way from even a tiny, single-celled organism with a point of
view, and that can replicate itself. You can take actual DNA strands and put them in a jar and shake them forever, and you're not going to get life
out of that jar.
The fact is, we don't have any idea how life either started or came to Earth in the first place, and unless we know that, we have no idea how
probable it might be that it could happen somewhere else. It might be such a fluke that it never happened before, and will never happen again.
It doesn't matter how big the universe is. Here's my balloon analogy again. If you have a box with a red balloon in it, and you have no idea how
it got there, what makes you think that if you make the box even bigger that another balloon will just have to be in it somewhere? Like somehow the
size of the box will make it magically appear.
The next thing people often say is that life alone in the universe is an "arrogant" way to think. I don't see how. From my perspective, it's
pretty sad, and like death, makes all of our efforts and feelings here completely useless and pointless. I'd like to see how that translates into
Anyway, life elsewhere is one of those things were the only thing that will prove it is to find it. Not finding it doesn't mean it's not there.
But it doesn't mean it is there, either. Absence of evidence, and all that.