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15754271 No.15754271 [Reply] [Original]

Rare Earth theory is the most sensible answer to the ET question. Life is an astronomically improbable outcome of complex processes with billions of volatile factors working both for and against them. It's time to face the likelihood that we are alone.

>> No.15754319

I think it's crazy to think that there aren't bacteria or fungi on some other planet somewhere in the solar system.

>> No.15754326

>>15754271
why has nobody stopped to think that perhaps we are the aliens? I don't even think it'll be long relative to our own species' time scale before we are growing intelligent life on another planet. Depending on your opinion of AI and the parameters of consciousness, we'll be doing it in this lifetime. I don't see what is disappointing about that fact. Also space is infinite so they're definitely out there, its just a matter of how far away one would consider relevant. Its exponentially infinite if you subscribe to the multidimensional space theory

>> No.15754329

>>15754326
I for one find solace knowing we are likely the most if not only intelligent life in any relevant capacity of distance from ourselves. Why does everyone want to be 2nd place so bad? I think its some kind of strange desire to relinquish control. I'd rather we be the ones treating other planets like petri dishes for our own experiments.

>> No.15755544

>>15754271
Did you mean life or intelligent life? Prmitive life on Earth arose soon after the crust was sufficiently cool and solid.

There could be intelligent life on water worlds, with no realistic means of leving the planet. Or there could be planets with too heavy gravity and in tight orbits around red dwarves to escape the gravity well. Or planets lacking enough metal to reach an industrial revolution. In all cases there could be intelligence, just without the means of reaching us.

>> No.15755565

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boring_Billion

>> No.15756752

>>15754271
Earth-like planets are rare, so we're in a cosmic zoo. Life isn't rare though. Our exhibit regularly gets spectators from more advanced species (UFOs/UAP).
For some, it's a hard pill to swallow that we're just dumb animals in a cage.

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>>15756752
Forgot emoticon attachment.

>> No.15756773

>>15756752
>(UFOs/UAP)
These don't exist. It's just crazy old Harry Reid and his friends telling tall tales.

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>>15754271
>Rare Earth theory is the most sensible answer to the ET question

I disagree only to the extent that INTELLIGENT Life is probably astronomically improbable to the point of being functionally impossible. Out of the billions and trillions of planets in our galaxy I wouldn't be alarmed if there was less than 10 sapient civilization building species.

I don't expect this to be the case at all with non-people Eukaryotes: Microbes, Bacteria, Plants, even Animals. With how versatile, persistent, and adaptive organic life is on Earth I would not at all be surprised that once we actually achieve the ability to meaningfully "look for, observe, and document space moss" that we'd be finding extraterrestrial organisms left and right.

>>15754319
>I think it's crazy to think that there aren't bacteria or fungi on some other planet somewhere in the solar system.

Everybody wants to say Mars or Europa, but my big guess is Venus.
I'd put money on there being something resembling plankton, or perhaps even algae, in Venus' dense, warm, chemical rich, atmosphere.

>> No.15756907

There's only one technological civilization per galaxy. The reason is that life begins at vastly different times in different star systems so intelligent tool using species in will arise millions of years apart. That means the first technological species in the galaxy will have millions of years development advantage over everyone else and based on how fast technology evolves the other later species cannot compete. Since we can look around and see Earth has never been colonized that means we are the first.

>> No.15757115

>>15756779
>Out of the billions and trillions of planets in our galaxy I wouldn't be alarmed if there was less than 10 sapient civilization building species.
This is pretty much Warhammer 40k. There are loads of flora and fauna, but only Man, Space Elves, Space Orks, Gay BDSM Elves, Space Chinese, Ancient Evil Robots, and Extradimensional Abominations appear to be sapient.

>> No.15757118

>common grey alien pic
>Claims to know sensibility
>Truthfully retarded
Kys

>> No.15757308

>>15754271
Please for the love of god stop pretending humans are special, half of us have all the intelligence and critical thinking of a sack of fucking rocks. It's not hard for something to be more intelligent than our species, and it's definitely not impossible.

>> No.15757511

>>15757115
> Space Chinese
I hate the tau, fucking subverting communists.