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Originally posted by grantbeed
I am 100% for sending messages into deep space. It's the best thing we could do.
I'm not happy with the way things are being run here on our planet. We could do with some outside help and advice.
If they are hostile, then they won't be any different from todays governments anyway.
Originally posted by Mr.Hyde
reply to post by gortex
Has it been considered that sending messages out into deep space could be a bad idea?
If by chance there are some ill mannered or aggressive life-form that does receive our deep-space signals we may have signed our own death certificates or enslavement
Originally posted by OrionHunterX
Why are we always constrained to think of the possibility of intelligent life in the universe that must be based on our templates?
Nothing can be farther from the truth. But scientists continue on this wild goose chase trying to find planets having the same or similar conditions as on Earth.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
You make some valid points. But the point you seem to miss is this. Let's say the scientists agree and put you in charge of looking for other forms of life that are not like we know it. What are you going to look for? What kinds of detectors will you build, what signatures will you look for to see if a planet is inhabited?
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
reply to post by Bluebelle
OMG! Bluebelle!!! What happened to your head?
Originally posted by spinalremain
Cool thread. I think it's pretty amazing, when thinking about the vastness of the Universe. I absolutely love to go to the Hayden Planet-arium (sorry, couldn't resist the South Park), just to view the size of our Galaxy in relation to other galaxy clusters onto super clusters. The sheer size of the visible universe is tough enough alone to comprehend, but to imagine the possible infinite vastness is basically mind blowing.
Personally, like many of us here at ATS, I am of the mind that our solar system is only but a common system in an endless sea of similar systems which do in fact support a wide variety of life. I really do not see how any rational thinking person can think otherwise. Psychotic religeous folk may be the only ones left who think otherwise in this day and age I suppose. Oddly enough in this day and age, they are still living with the doctrines set in place hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago.
I too have seen a few programs concerning the Gliese 581 star and the surrounding planets we have detected. I remember being so excited when I learned of this. It really seems that the more science is learning about the universe, the more science and we are learning exactly how much the rest of the Universe resembles our own immediate surroundings. Most stars are binary and many do not have planetary bodies, but many do. I wonder how many other civilizations there are out there, and how far along their technology is? It's probably a number which is too astronomical itself for me to comprehend. There really must be countless civilizations out there seperated by countless light years. Perhaps the habitable zone for other life is vastly different han ours. There is just no way to know that unless you met an alien I guess. And if that is the case, then the chances and odds of life variety explode 100 fold again. It's just so fascinating to me.
Originally posted by metalholic
reply to post by JunoJive
i dont think there human or futuristic humans i think there tools for either another advanced species or an intergalactic society here to over see our progress through evolution or just to study us!