reply to post by ATSZOMBIE
What a MIS-leading headline: "Scientists: We Will Find Alien Life" when the only article you reference (kudos for that at least) states:
Scientists to Congress: We Have the Technology to Find Alien Life
That is a much 'smaller step for mankind than the LEAP that We Will Find Alien Life'.
As for your 'wish' for a public bashing, I'm afraid you are MIS-interpreting most people's reactions which will probably be one of : Amazement,
Excitement, Fascination, Fear, Hope.....just to name a few. No need for a 'public bashing', a little immature.
It's completely natural to want to believe in something, we are explorers by nature. We want to find something new, something better, hence,
inventions. But at the end of the day, there is no tangible proof that intelligent extraterrestrials, ET's exist.
There are enough countries (Over 190)
in the world, that could announce
anything of significance should or when they find something out there.
And, there are 7.2 Billion people and growing
on Planet Earth that could produce
Unfortunately, this debate has been going on for centuries, and will continue for centuries well past the time we have lived and passed.
However, since approximately 51 % of the world's
believe in a God. Although I could not find a reliable source that would indicate a percentage of the world population that believes
in ET's, (probably somewhere between 30-50%), About 50% of
We're not alone in the universe -- or so say half of Americans in a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. And a quarter of Americans
think that alien visitors have come to Earth.
...........it stands to reason that most people want to believe in something that exists that is
greater and/or more intelligent than ourselves. Or, at a minimum, that there is 'something' out 'there' besides ourselves.
But, then, all you need to do is look up into the sky on any given night......
Our Solar System is part of the Milky Way galaxy, a barred spiral galaxy 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter containing
200–400 billion stars. It may contain at least as many planets, with an estimated 10 billion of those orbiting in the habitable zone of their parent
....and then ask? Where, How did All of this happen, begin? Is there not a possibility of intelligent life somewhere else? Is there not and
Intelligent Designer behind all of this?
Surely we explorers will want to know answers to these questions for eternity...., but until we 'really' know, the debate between 'Believers and
'non-Believers' will continue!
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