I think we'll find it. We just might not meet it.My opinion is yes. With all of the billions of stars and probably hundreds of millions of planetary systems (I don't know what the latest estimates of numbers are) it would be difficult to imagine that the only life is on Earth. Earth may have the only life in our solar system but even that won't be answered for many years. If there is life somewhere in the Universe outside our own star system humans will probably never find it due to the distances involved unless faster-than-light transportation is developed. That is a whole other topic.
:thumbsup::thumbsup:My opinion is yes. With all of the billions of stars and probably hundreds of millions of planetary systems (I don't know what the latest estimates of numbers are) it would be difficult to imagine that the only life is on Earth. Earth may have the only life in our solar system but even that won't be answered for many years. If there is life somewhere in the Universe outside our own star system humans will probably never find it due to the distances involved unless faster-than-light transportation is developed. That is a whole other topic.
If you want to listen to a great podcast on this very topic, take a moment to listen to Josh Clark's, "End of the World" podcast, episode 1 and 2 which discusses the Fermi Paradox and the Great Filter (https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-the-end-of-the-world-with-30006093/).I am trying to avoid controversial subject after the recent "state of the United States" thread but oh way the hell....
My opinion is no, probably going to get hammered here. Problems of having a classical education.
I would start with a few things but first, "The Fermi Paradox." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox). Enrico Fermi was an American Physicist who developed the first nuclear reactor, won the 1938 Nobel Price for Physics (although where I live, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Nobel Prize winner) and is referred to as the Father of Nuclear Age. During a casual lunch at Los Alamos in the Summer of 1950, the discussion came up about a slew of recent UFO reports and if there was alien life. Fermis comments, although not exact, were "Where is everybody?" The long and short of it is that while there are billions of stars in the Galaxy, and the probability is that a few may have earth like structures hence the thought that "life" may exist. However, to develop into an intelligent begins to decrease the probabilities which is then referred to as the "Filters." Out of the planets that might support life, how many can develop to the stage of , lets say, bacteria? Dinosaurs? Walk upright? The the filter begin to include things like the planet being destroyed by a meteorite or a solar flare? How about pandemics or war? All of these consideration further reduce the possibility of get to a primitive space program and then being able to figure out near light speed, then being able to withstand the radiation of open space and the time to travel from one universe to another. Unlikely-if so, where are they?
Realize that you, as a species and a being are very fragile, very lucky and extremely special. Thank God.
"to Server Man", one of the classic Twilight Zones (or maybe Outer Limits, not sure).good topic Jon
I am in the yes camp.
mathematically with billions of stars it stands to reason that there is likely a few planets that can support life.
Why have they not come here, 2 things come to mind the first "for what" If you can space travel then I do not see what Earth would have that is not 100s of light years closer to their home planet than here. we are at the end of an arm of the milky way
Second they have space travel , so we are behind and do not really offer much in the line of technology.
Unless we would be "food" it is not likely we see any visitors.
And to add In My Humble opinion we are planted here. Maybe I have watched Space Aliens too long.
If we think out long term, so a few million to many million years, we will eventually come to realize this planet has a "lifetime"
the Sun will in time burn out "100s of million years" perhaps but at some star date our sun is dark. So at some point we either go out and colonize a few other planets or burn up into dust.
The Sun as it dies will enlarge and have a yet to come huge increase is size and temperature,this planet will burn , then freeze to absolute zero.
So it then in the continuum of time ,,it stands to reason that other planets are at the dead , or dieing sun stage. And they would have been in the same place many years ago, today and in the future.
IMO the classic battles fought by the greek gods were the fight to decide who and what is done here prior to leaving this place alone for the "recommended" time say 300,000 years or something. who is to say "chariots of fire" were not small ships going to and from the main ships to the surface.
ok then back to the reality of work