Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?

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So, for this week: Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?


5 thoughts on “Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?

  1. New Kepler data projects that nearly 6% of the stars in this galaxy alone have an “Earth-like” planet in orbit. Some of these planets orbit Red Dwarfs, meaning that the planets in orbit are probably multiple iterations of Earth’s age OLDER than Earth.

    So, at the very least, there are a number of reasons to suspect that other carbon-based, sentient life has arisen SOMEWHERE, even while ignoring Fermi’s paradox (I don’t hold its conclusion to logically follow its assumptions).

  2. There must be intelligent life out there somewhere. The universe is literally too big for the human mind to comprened – there’s no possible way that in all the billions of worlds contained in that vast space, Homo sapiens is the only creature that has evolved enough to look at the universe and wonder how it works. For me, the question is, are those creatures something we would recognize? Most aliens in fiction (at least, the ones oriented toward good) are a lot like human beings – bipedal, made of carbon and water and lots of other little fiddly bits, capable of comprehending our speech and technology and of communicating with us. It seems likely to me that if we were discovered by some methane-based life form, they would no more recognize us as an intelligent species than we would if we discovered them on their home world.

    In any case, it’s likely that any connection won’t happen in our lifetimes, or even those of our grandchildren. Depending on who you are, that could be a comforting or a saddening thought.

  3. I do believe life exists somewhere else in the universe. I think one key thing to remember is that this question has to do with “when” just as much as “where.” We estimate the universe has existed for over 13 billion years — that’s plenty of time for live to develop, thrive and go extinct. But considering the vastness of the universe, I think there’s a high probability that another sentient, advanced race of life forms exists at this moment somewhere.

  4. I think there must be! With the seemingly infinite size of the universe, there must be SOMEthing. Whether we’ll ever know for sure, though, is debatable.


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