If there's alien life in the universe...

If there's alien life in the universe, where is it?

There are 236 comments on the HeraldNet story from Jul 23, 2015, titled If there's alien life in the universe, where is it?. In it, HeraldNet reports that:

So says Geoffrey Marcy, a University of California, Berkeley, astronomer and participant in Stephen Hawking's $100 million search for alien life, announced Monday. Marcy isn't the only person who thinks so.

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curly1949

Sevierville, TN

#1 Jul 23, 2015
Well if he's means INTELLIGENCE LIFE it's not here! ;-)
Mike of the stars

Canada

#2 Jul 23, 2015
It would be naive to think that earth is the only planet in the universe that contains life especially when there are billions of galaxies housing billions of stars that host billions of planets. Surely life in some form exists!
Beans And Backtalk

Blacklick, OH

#3 Aug 13, 2015
"They" are not answering the door.

They saw our TV programs and want nothing to do with us.
SpaceBlues

Desoto, TX

#4 Aug 14, 2015
They are invisible to you. Their main task is to record the evil doers and punish them.

“Positively Riveting”

Since: Jan 08

We can do it better

#5 Aug 15, 2015
Mike of the stars wrote:
It would be naive to think that earth is the only planet in the universe that contains life especially when there are billions of galaxies housing billions of stars that host billions of planets. Surely life in some form exists!
The laws of probability forbid Earth to be the only planet harboring intelligent life.
Amused

Livermore, CA

#6 Aug 16, 2015
SpaceBlues wrote:
They are invisible to you. Their main task is to record the evil doers and punish them.
Why does Oakland still exist then?
Amused

Livermore, CA

#7 Aug 16, 2015
positronium wrote:
<quoted text>The laws of probability forbid Earth to be the only planet harboring intelligent life.
And where exactly is this intelligent life you speak of? Maybe in the seas, but certainly not on the land.

“Positively Riveting”

Since: Jan 08

We can do it better

#8 Aug 17, 2015
Amused wrote:
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And where exactly is this intelligent life you speak of? Maybe in the seas, but certainly not on the land.
Where it exists is irrelevant. It surely exists though.
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#9 Aug 17, 2015
Amused wrote:
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Why does Oakland still exist then?
Sometimes living longer is the punishment, no?

“..A little kingdom...”

Since: Aug 14

Location hidden

#10 Aug 17, 2015
Nasa's saying we will find alien life by 2025.

http://www.space.com/29041-alien-life-evidenc...
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#11 Aug 17, 2015
You should read what astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell said yesterday about the nuke war.

“Positively Riveting”

Since: Jan 08

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#12 Aug 17, 2015
SpaceBlues wrote:
You should read what astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell said yesterday about the nuke war.
We read it.

Since: Jan 16

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#14 Jan 5, 2016
positronium wrote:
<quoted text>The laws of probability forbid Earth to be the only planet harboring intelligent life.
"Laws of probability?" That is an odd way of thinking about probability, as a set of laws. I agree on the so-called "law of large numbers" which I think is the particular "law of probability" you probably have in mind, but it is only a rule of thumb mislabeled a "law" by rather unscientific actuaries.

I think probably the one immutable law of probability might be that anything, no matter how unlikely, is possible. It is possible that we are alone in the universe. Not likely, I suppose, but you can't say the laws of probability forbid it when one of the most important of these laws says otherwise.

My opinion is that "we" (sentient, technological, cultural beings) are probably quite rare, maybe even as rare as only one per Einsteinian space. Look up the Fermi Paradox and see the problems of thinking otherwise.

Still, mankind is only about a century into this search, very early, so it is way too early to be dogmatic. We know way too little about the probabilities involved.

“Positively Riveting”

Since: Jan 08

We can do it better

#15 Jan 5, 2016
Frank Merton wrote:
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"Laws of probability?" That is an odd way of thinking about probability, as a set of laws. I agree on the so-called "law of large numbers" which I think is the particular "law of probability" you probably have in mind, but it is only a rule of thumb mislabeled a "law" by rather unscientific actuaries.
I think probably the one immutable law of probability might be that anything, no matter how unlikely, is possible. It is possible that we are alone in the universe. Not likely, I suppose, but you can't say the laws of probability forbid it when one of the most important of these laws says otherwise.
My opinion is that "we" (sentient, technological, cultural beings) are probably quite rare, maybe even as rare as only one per Einsteinian space. Look up the Fermi Paradox and see the problems of thinking otherwise.
Still, mankind is only about a century into this search, very early, so it is way too early to be dogmatic. We know way too little about the probabilities involved.
After reviewing my post I see my error. You are absolutely correct.
I might add that a much more important question would be: If there is alien life in the universe, would we even recognize it?
The thinking in terms of "life as we know it" may also be the wrong approach to actually finding it.
BTW Thanks for bringing my error to light.
Concerned Mike

Myrtle Beach, SC

#16 Jan 21, 2016
Maybe we shouldn't be so intent on finding alien life in the universe. They may be very predatory and want to conquer our planet! We've done okay since earth's inception, let's keep it that way. We have enough of our own problems to solve!

Since: Jan 16

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#17 Jan 21, 2016
Concerned Mike wrote:
Maybe we shouldn't be so intent on finding alien life in the universe. They may be very predatory and want to conquer our planet! We've done okay since earth's inception, let's keep it that way. We have enough of our own problems to solve!
If they are, then I think it would be better for us if we know they are out there. Of course how we could go about discerning the goodies from the baddies is a good question. My attitude would be to keep our head low and observe and observe and observe.

“Positively Riveting”

Since: Jan 08

We can do it better

#18 Jan 21, 2016
Concerned Mike wrote:
Maybe we shouldn't be so intent on finding alien life in the universe. They may be very predatory and want to conquer our planet! We've done okay since earth's inception, let's keep it that way. We have enough of our own problems to solve!
That would be the same as denying one a sense of ones wonderment.....Or putting a hobble on thought.

Since: Jan 16

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#19 Jan 22, 2016
Mike of the stars wrote:
It would be naive to think that earth is the only planet in the universe that contains life especially when there are billions of galaxies housing billions of stars that host billions of planets. Surely life in some form exists!
I don't see it that way. It is entirely a matter of the probability involved, and that we don't know.
Dr Schlongg

American Canyon, CA

#20 Jan 22, 2016
Frank Merton wrote:
<quoted text>I don't see it that way. It is entirely a matter of the probability involved, and that we don't know.
Yes. Note the decades old take-over of DC by the Morons from Outer Space. The science team inadvertently left some of their sensing devices in operate mode. When in the senate and congress elevators used by the representatives...the meter roared out "Danger, Danger, Alien Methane and Searing Stench of an Undetermined Origin, Not of Earth".
Sarah 4Ever

American Canyon, CA

#21 Jan 23, 2016
Dr Schlongg wrote:
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Yes. Note the decades old take-over of DC by the Morons from Outer Space. The science team inadvertently left some of their sensing devices in operate mode. When in the senate and congress elevators used by the representatives...the meter roared out "Danger, Danger, Alien Methane and Searing Stench of an Undetermined Origin, Not of Earth".
U R all rong. When Sarah Palin is presdent we will all be happy. All bad news will be liberal concentration camps fun fair.

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