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Originally posted by dannotz
reply to post by flexy123
I understand your "window" theory.
But don't you think once a civilization leaps into space and learns how to travel to other stars, that their existence as a civilization has a much larger chance to survive for huge amounts of time?
Originally posted by dave_welch
you know what would be cool, and i've never read a theory like it, since everyone seems to think aliens would either be way ahead of us technologically or still at the single cell phase, but what if there is a civilization there, that's around the same place as us, developmentally, and they're on a forum website, looking at pictures of the Milky Way galaxy, saying the same things we are.
Originally posted by YeshuaPiso
I think the latest figure I read said that our scientists calculate there are fifty thousand million million stars in the 'known' universe.... 'known' suggests to me it goes on further but let's stick there with the fifty thousand million million stars...
That's 50,000,000,000,000,000 stars...
Let's be stupid and say that 1% of those stars have planets revolving around them.
And that of that 1%... only 0.00001% have any type of life on them from a single celled amoeba to something much more complex.
Ridiculous figures but it still means there are 50,000,000 (fifty million) planets out there with life on them.
Let us further assume, for arguments sake, that we are in the most advanced ten percent of planets - that still means there are 5 million civilisations out there in advance of us.
Do we really think some of them haven't managed to develop the technology to travel inter-stellar distances?
Originally posted by randomname
you can't look at these pictures and not believe in God.
"The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity."