Originally posted by bknapple32
Originally posted by Pharyax
I grew up always assuming there were planets orbiting all or most of the stars.. I laughed when they didn't know if there were other planets out
there... and when they found exoplanets, and acted so surprised, I was just laughing at them..
Thinking we are the only ones is a narrow minded vision.
You have no IDEA how many MILLIONS of other intelligent lifeforms there are just in our galaxy alone!
Off topic, but nice avatar. Had to say something...
On topic theres that math equation that literally puts intelligent species in the billions right? The drake equation.
Which now needs urgent revision, considering the recent discovery of some precursor molecules required for the formation of one of the amino acids
that make up DNA has been found in the vacinity of the star Sagittarius B.
We're also finding evidence of building blocks or precursor molecules required for the formation of DNA, on other planets and moons in our own system
As far back as 1986, the moon Titan was showing evidence of complex organics in it's upper atmosphere, or tholins, which when replicated in the lab,
and treated with HCL, was ultimately found to go on to yield 16 amino acids, raising speculation about a possibly water rich history on Titan and past
or even future primitive life being formed.
At least one planetary moon in our system, Europa, is entirely covered by water ice, with strong possibility of a liquid 'water world' beneath the ice
covering. Again, a strong contender for either past, present or future life being discovered there.
Mars is now confirmed to have or once had large amounts of liquid water too, pointing to the likelyhood of Mars having once had life or at least
similar precursor molecules to those being found elsewhere.
As most of us know, many billions of galaxies are known to exist, many billions of stars populate each galaxy, planets are being discovered orbiting
most of those stars, our own system has a planet teeming with DNA based life, some of it very, very primitive and some of it intelligent and
IMO, life is almost everywhere, at all levels of development and complexities. Compared to ourselves, it's certain life will be existent in every
stage between extremely primitive and incredibly, perhaps even inconceivably developed and advanced / complex.
If sex isn't a prime motivational force among all advanced instances of at least DNA based life in the Universe, it certainly is among ourselves and
virtually every other living organism we're familiar with on our own world.
Generally, for various reasons, Humans are very interested in the mating and sexual behaviour of other species on our planet. An ultra sophisticated
lifeform interacting with our own species would presumably through observation or detecting our involuntary sexual chemical signatures, know this and
as a base level of communication and interaction, i could see sex as being considered a reasonable and pretty much inspired contact protocol among
very different but technological, intelligent beings to overcome cultural or similar barriers to communication.
'We come in peace...let's have sex' may not be as far out a notion as it sounds!
edit on 8-3-2013 by MysterX because: added text