Originally posted by IntoxicatingMadness
A burning question exists that I think should be brought up. If Microbial life on Mars is discovered, would that mean that evolved life is definitely out there?
Here's the idea of this. 2 planets in just one solar system contain some sort of life. Now with all the "Goldilocks" planets and the exponentially large undiscovered universe. You'd think if just one solar system could have multiple sources of life, than you'd think that evolved life would definitely be out there, right?
The 95% scientist
As mentioned on another thread, there are people who are quite certain that there is some form of life on mars. So could Mars be the definite lynch pin into solving the ultimate question If we're alone in the universe?
Well it might mean that just microbial life is out there which technically means we're not alone. But the Life in which we envision such as the little green men has no real proof other than ourselves. It's not to say that such a discovery wouldn't increase the possibility that there is some form of complex life given that finding life on Mars might mean there are more chances for life to evolve. But it shouldn't be taken on as hard proof. But still it doesn't hurt to keep your hopes up!
What it would potentially mean is that if there is microbial life, there is a chance (I do not know how high) that more evolved and intelligent life is a definite possibility. Let's hope that this discovery heralds in other discoveries of a greater form of intelligent life amongst the stars.