posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:25 AM
First of all the size of the universe has little to no bearing on the odds of abstract thinking life forms(other than our own) existing. So you guys
getting your panties in a bunch because a scientist draws his conclusion, apparently using reasoning and argument you cannot challenge, without
examining every single planet that might exist somewhere in the universe...just stop. I do not have to even know about 1% of all planets to say that
none of them have automobiles made entirely of fog.
Now, granted the above analogy is not entirely appropriate since there is nothing necessarily contradictory in the idea of intelligent alien life out
there but it is at LEAST as probable(if not much more so) that in a vast physical universe only one planet, off in the back-end of the Milky Way
galaxy, has resulted in abstract thinking sentient beings. The only definite odds we can give are that it is a 100% chance that we did
here and a %0 chance we have discovered other planets where similar life has developed. We can study and take notes about the unique facts about our
planet including distance from the sun, the size of our sun, the size and directional spin of our planet, the evolutionary tree from amino acids to
what we see today, the chemical compounds & gasses and such that exist for us to thrive on and exploit, etc.
Every single planet that does
exist has this one fact we can assert in common:
All of them have at least one, completely unique feature that no other planet shares.
Perhaps our unique feature is that we are the
planet able to give birth to and sustain(for a limited time) abstract thinking life forms.
This is not "arrogance" for those of you sinking to THAT ad hominem
. It is acknowledgment that nature does not have to take into account our
wishes in order to be who she is.
EDIT: I see some of you are having difficulty understanding that the subject is NOT "life existing in the universe" so your talk about microbial life
forms and such is just silly. The subject is INTELLIGENT life. The sort that might be able to communicate something to us or create space-faring
vehicles that somehow get around the speed of light problem.
edit on 24-1-2011 by SkeleTony because: (no reason given)