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Do you believe in life in outerspace?

Asked by Thesilvertiger (264points) August 19th, 2010 from iPhone

I don’t want to say “in aliens” because maybe it’s not exactly aliens you believe in. But if you do believe in aliens or anything else in that sense I would really like to know your thoughts on this subject.

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perspicacious's avatar

It’s not something to believe in or not. I do think it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I am positive that is where my mother in law is from ;)

Seaofclouds's avatar

I believe there is so much space we haven’t explored that something else is bound to be out there somewhere. It may not be the Hollywood extraterrestrial, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to find that there are odd creatures living out there some where that we least expected it (like some of the odd ones we’ve found in the depths of the sea).

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Given how unfathomably vast the universe is, how many galaxies are out there – and thus how many solar systems are most likely out there, I think that it is highly likely that some other form of life exists somewhere. Be it a microbial organism or sentient beings, who knows. There’s always the possibility that we’re alone, I just happen to think that it’s highly unlikely that we are.

perspicacious's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille — There’s an in-law factory out there.

deni's avatar

There’s something, somewhere. It would be obnoxiously silly to think otherwise.

Palindrome's avatar

I think that our galaxy alone is so micro compared to our extensive universe. So I do believe there is life in outerspace somewhere. There has to be.

BoBo1946's avatar

Personally, I don’t think there’s intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?

Unknown. (see who really read the answers closely)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@perspicacious -They also manufacture bad neighbors and weird uncles there ;)

DominicX's avatar

Kinda hard for me to believe in something that we really don’t have evidence for (although the famous Carp visitation video is slightly convincing). I think it’s certainly possible and I think it’s more possible that there’s life in outer space than it is that ghosts exist or something along those lines.

If anyone’s interested, here’s a little clip about the Carp, Ontario UFO sighting:

Blondesjon's avatar

I believe in life period.

Austinlad's avatar

I don’t have a second’s worth of doubt there’s life somewhere else besides our planet, possibly humanoid, probably something very different from what we know or can imagine. Impossible for me to think Earthlings are the only lifeform in an infinite universe as much as it’s impossible for me to believe we humans evolved from Adam and Eve. Sorry, creationists.

Steve_A's avatar

I found one!~

If matter cannot be created or destroyed beyond what we know of space, then it is a firm yes from me.

marinelife's avatar

There is every possibility that the conditions for life were right somewhere else in the vastness of the universe.

ETpro's avatar

My feelings are exactly the same as @DrasticDreamer expressed. I agree with @perspicacious. It isn’t something that should be taken on faith or belief. It’s something to decide on the basis of evidence. But the likelihood of there being no life of any kind in all the vastness of space seems infinitesimally small.

The probabilities fall off rapidly as you move from life to sentient life, then to technologically advanced life capable of space travel and finally to sentient, technological, space-faring life capable of travelingthousands or even millions of light years to visit Earth.

mrentropy's avatar

I want to believe.

wundayatta's avatar

Believe? I know!

Oh. Hang on a sec….

Belay that. Dad says we’re not supposed to tell anyone. ;-)

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

No, I do not believe there is any biological life in the entire universe except for what we find right here on planet Earth. The totality of circumstance is entirely unique to our situational existence, and nothing whatsoever has ever been found that comes remotely close.

But I do believe there are non biological non physical immaterial intelligent agents that are not confined to the physicality of our material universe. And I base my belief upon the evidence (not mentioned here) which I consider as insurmountable to deny such an inference.

Winters's avatar

We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

What? We’ll have to wait and see if @Winters believes in life in outer space?

ragingloli's avatar

We already know that life on other planets is possible because there is already one reference planet where life exists: Earth.
Given the literally cosmic size of the universe, the staggering amount of stars in our galaxy alone the gigantic amount of galaxies in our universe, the fact that we are made out of elements that are the most common in the universe, the fact that life can exist in extremely hostile environments, and the fact that life has recovered from pretty catastrophic events, it is highly probable that life, even intelligent life, given the fact that there are a lot of intelligent species (not you humans, sorry) on this planet, exists on other planets.

Winters's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies hahaha, that cheered me up.
Well if there is life out there, I hope they are not like us. By “not like us” I mean a bunch of idiotic brutes that don’t know how to cooperate peacefully and still fight over things like ‘my god is better than your god, ’ and other bullshit.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I hope you are correct. I hope they like sushi too.

ETpro's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Yes, I would definitely welcome them if they bring exotic forms of sushi. :-)

ragingloli's avatar

and nothing whatsoever has ever been found that comes remotely close.
Oh yes there is. Pretty close even.
The planet is called Mars.
A rocky planet, similar size to Earth, pretty close to the habitable zone (and with a bit more greenhouse effect, compared to Earth, the zone would extend to Mars, even).
Surface characteristics give evidence that there were large amounts of liquid water in the planet’s past. Unfortunately the evidence also suggests that Mars was the victim of a catastrophic impact that messed up its core and destroyed its magnetic field, which stripped the planet from its protective shield against the suns radiation, which then slowly peeled away its atmosphere, robbing the planet from a chance to develop complex life.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@ETpro Haha they better. This planet’s sushi is becoming toxic.

@ragingloli I take your point, and see many similarities between Earth and Mars. I just see more differences. Starting with the existence of a Moon.

ragingloli's avatar

Mars has two, actually. Pathetic moons, yes, but moons nonetheless.

ETpro's avatar

@ragingloli Not only is that true, but logic would dictate that with something like 10¹¹ to 10¹² stars in our Milky Way galaxy and something like 10¹¹ to 10¹² galaxies out there, there are a mind boggling number of stars that have planets in orbit and surely some of those planets have the conditions and orbital range needed to form life.

We once assumed life could only handle conditions we were familiar with. Then we found that life thrives in superheated acidic water around volcanic hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. I submit we haven’t a clue how many different environments life can form in or adapt to.

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies If ET is intelligent enough to cross intergalactic space, then s/he darned sure should be intelligent enough to bring their own fish.

lapilofu's avatar

I don’t think there’s significant evidence on either side, but the small amount of evidence that we do have—I think—slightly tips the scales in favor of life.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Is it not a bit unfair to include the entire cosmos in the search for life? It’s like saying the entire grape vine is edible. The odds are exponentially reduced when discounting newer galaxies and center of galaxy scenarios.

Combine that with a Moon body that influences the planetary gravity in just the right amount, along with distance from Star and a Jupiter giant to suck up asteroids and the odds grow more dismal. Now I’m not saying that ET life must exist in the exact same scenario we enjoy here on Earth, but I’m unaware of any discoveries that present a similar combination of conditions. It’s much more involved than simple planet shopping.

No doubt there is water out there, along with hydrothermal vents. But I suppose there are a number of other considerations.

Winters's avatar

Funny things is that scientists believe that Earth is awkward especially since life on Earth relies heavily on oxygen. Supposedly, life is more likely in an enviroment with large amounts of methane. Go figure.

ducky_dnl's avatar

I believe that anything is possible. Life may or may not exist, but who am I do dismiss something like that? It’s I don’t know at the moment, but in my mind I doubt there is life.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

That’s interesting with the methane @Winters. If that is a proposed scenario for life, I wonder why it’s so difficult to conceive of an intelligent agent that exists beyond our physical universe? Specifically, one that is not bound by our temporal elements of space/time energy/matter.

Winters's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies I feel that its because most people lack the imagination or just cannot simply cope with the possibility that if there is life out there, that it may be nothing like life on Earth. I guess when it comes to the unknown, we search for something that is familiar to us in one aspect or another.

ETpro's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Actually, Gas Giants are not at all uncommon in planetary systems. The fact we haven’t found suitable planets orbiting in a habitable zone of their star likely has more to do with our meager ability to find anything less than giant planets than with their scarcity. Until recently, we had not even established that any other star had a planet. That didn’t make them not there.

It is not at all difficult to conceive of an intelligent agent living outside our Universe. Man has nurtured that belief since the dawn of humanity. What is difficult is to test or falsify such a conception.

Coloma's avatar

Most likely.

Outer space, inner space.

I’m more interested in my inner space.

I think ‘intelligent life’ doesn’t WANT to find us! lol

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@ETpro I can accept that.

@Coloma “I’m more interested in my inner space.”

Me too. But I’ve yet to find any intelligent life there worth speaking of. Funny again, supposedly there are more electrochemical neurological connections in the human brain than there are particles in the entire universe. Now that’s something I’ve heard and cannot confirm. And the math doesn’t seem to add up unless I’m missing something.

gypsywench's avatar

Yes. Watch This!!!

ETpro's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Since electrochemical connections rely on particles, that is not possible. The best number I have heard is that there are something in the order of 10^14 synapses in a human brain.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I love the universe! Both the show and the actual one. So, yes, I do believe in life in outer space.

Frenchfry's avatar

Yes, I believe in it. I just cannot fathom we are the only ones.

ucme's avatar

I thought it was common knowledge that molecular activity had been recorded on Uranus. Bit of a shithole in terms of atmosphere. Extremely windy on occasion. Nasa sent a probe up there once but that ended in tears. Yes unfortunately that piece of hardwear was lost in a cavernous crack. Who knows, in time they may re-enter Uranus to explore further the mysteries buried deep therin. After all, piles of research needs investigating ;¬}

Frenchfry's avatar

@ucme Your nuts. But I love it. Absolutely nuts;

ucme's avatar

@Frenchfry Cash-ewwww!! I’m sorry I have an awful cold, brought on by a nut allergy I fear :¬D

ucme's avatar

@py_sue Why thank you…..sue ;¬}

BoBo1946's avatar

Read some of the commentary on this question and I’m not sure whether there is life on other planets or not. Mars has some similiar characteristics with our planet, but we don’t even have all the answers on Mars yet. Until there has been more exploration in space, don’t think we will know the answer to this question for years.

Infinity of the universe is a very mind bloggling phenomenon.

Aster's avatar

It is naive and ridiculous to think that in the entire universe only our tiny planet holds intelligent life. Maybe most Christians think it’s anti-Christ to think we’re alone in the vastness of space but I’m certainly not of that ilk.

Coloma's avatar


The universe within.

I don’t mean seeking intelligent life within. lol
I mean being aware of the inner space from which all thought arises and basking in the s-p-a-c-e of nothingness.

Space is responsible for the existence of everything, from thoughts that arise out of nowhere to this planet being born.

It is the space between walls that makes a room come into existence and it is the space of the universe that gives birth to somethingness out of nothingness.

Since space is infinite the odds of earth being the only planet able to sustain such diverse life forms is unlikely indeed.

Infinity is a big space to map and explore.

CMaz's avatar

I would say yes more on the side of no. That life forms might have or are in some form of failing evolution process.

The vastness of the universe goes both ways. One side can say because of that vastness the odds are there is other life. The other side can say that the vastness is needed to enable such a complex environment that we live in to exist.

BoBo1946's avatar

@Aster just an opinion. only the shadow knows! A very subjective subject. Even the greatest scientist in the World don’t know. I’m open minded about the subject.

Personally, I don’t think there’s intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one? my prior answer, you have to read it closely!

My friend, what does being a Christian have to do with this question?

ETpro's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Today an article in the South Bend Tribune covered research Notre Dame Astrophysicist David Bennett will carry out in an upcoming search for Earth-mass planets. It is telling in assessing the state of the art in our current knowledge of what planets are out there. The space telescope in question is scheduled for launch in 2020. The point is that our knowledge of the existence of planets is extremely limited as of today. We will have much better evidence in the coming years. Now to just figure out how to live long enough to see it all.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@ETpro It will indeed be interesting what we find. Have faith in genetics to allow us to live long enough to see it.

@Coloma But space is not infinite. Space is finite. Space only exists within the known quantity of our universe. Space/Time was created at the Big Bang and is predicted to dissipate into nothingness. So I cannot go along with your statement that “Space is responsible for the existence of everything…”. Space itself, is a thing, a physical thing consisting primarily of dark matter. I propose that no thing (nothing physical) created space/time. Ultimately, there must be an immaterial agent responsible for the creation of the material universe. An immaterial agent that doesn’t necessarily have thoughts… because it is thought.

Nothing physical creates a thought. And I further propose that this physical realm is ultimately a temporary state. Permanence (infinity) must be an immaterial agent.

Now here is nowhere.

Aster's avatar

@BoBo1946 “why should other planets be different from this one?”
Just from sheer numbers of them alone, some should be different and some should be the same or more advanced, boo. Some more primitive, some more advanced and some uninhabited. IMO. Boo.
I guess Christianity has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

BoBo1946's avatar

@Aster true…but, as i said, a very subjective subject that even the greatest scientist in the world cannot agree on. oh course, we (me and you) are lots smarter than those folks..loll)

Aster's avatar

I cannot imagine a scientist, making the statement, “there are no other planets with intelligent life except earth.” It’s just too unscientific to say something like that.
Nope; wouldn’t happen, Boo. Boo made a BooBoo. ((-;

BoBo1946's avatar

@Aster loll.. ok! check it out.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@Aster It would also be very unscientific for a scientist to say “there is life on other planets besides earth”.

mrentropy's avatar

@Aster & @RealEyesRealizeRealLies Yup. This is why science depends on probabilities. Like, “There’s probably life on other planets.” Or, “There probably isn’t life anywhere else in the universe.”

Coloma's avatar

I think aliens are dropping frogs on my house.

There are just more and more of them every day.

Alien frogs colonizing in my little zone, I am the chosen host.

BoBo1946's avatar

It’s an educated guess known as a hypothesis!

Mike and Maureen landed on Mars. They met a Martian couple and were talking about all sorts of things. Finally Maureen brought up the subject of sex. “Just how do you guys do it?” asked Maureen.

The male Martian responded, “Pretty much the way you do.”

A discussion ensued and finally the couples decided to swap partners for the night. Maureen and the male Martian went off to a bedroom where the Martian stripped. Maureen was disappointed to find that he had a very small member no more than half-an-inch long and just a quarter-inch thick. “I don’t think this is going to work,” said Maureen.

“Why?” he asked. “What’s the matter?”

“Well,” she replied, “it’s just not long enough to reach me!”

“No problem,” he said and proceeded to slap his forehead with his palm. With each slap, his member grew until it was impressively long.

“Well,” she said. “That’s quite impressive, but it’s still pretty narrow.”

“No problem,” he said and started pulling his ears. With each pull his member grew wider and wider.

“Wow!” she exclaimed. They fell into bed and made mad passionate love.

The next day the couples joined their normal partners. As they walked along Mike asked, “Well, was it any good?”

“I hate to say it,” said Maureen, “but it was pretty wonderful. How about you?”

“It was horrible,” he replied. “All I got was a headache. She kept slapping my forehead and pulling my ears

Coloma's avatar



You’d be fun at a party! ;-)

HungryGuy's avatar

Not literally in outer space. No. Outer space is hard vacuum flooded with high levels of radiation. No life there.

But I know what you mean. Other planets? For sure! It’s almost a given that there are planets like earth in the universe. But first, the earth is the result of a whole slew of highly unlikely circumstances: a class G star that is highly stable, a planet of just the right amount of mass to hold an atmosphere but not crushingly massive, an abundance of all the elements necessary to support life (oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, etc.) in just the right proportions and a shortage of the common but poisonous ones (methane), located in its star’s habital zone, an axial tilt to produce seasons, an oversize moon, gas giants in the outer orbits to capture most killer asteroids. All these conditions are so rare, that the earth is probably unique in this galaxy (which is why we seem to be alone). But it’s almost a certainty that these conditions have been met many times in many different galaxies. So be thankful that interstellar travel is so difficult, and the intergalactic travel is probably impossible, otherwise earth would have been colonized millions of years ago.

Crashsequence2012's avatar

I do.

Despite Obama’s best efforts by killing off manned space missions.

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