What about if Aliens dont exist , and we are it ? (Page 2)
ghostgeek: I think that most people would thank God if they could know for certain there were no Aliens in the Universe. It would mean that they didn't have to worry about Earth being invaded by six-headed monsters from the planet Zog, rayguns at the ready.
LiptonCambell: Yea, but that does increase the importance of getting off this rock....I'd love it if NASA were to send some extremophiles out to other planets....we could slowly seed the universe with life- not to mention it'd be the ultimate study of evolution...
LiptonCambell: Huh? How? Why? We're creating new environments for life to thrive in- how could anyone object to that?
ghostgeek: I'm sure somebody would start quoting from the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty. Article IX of the Treaty dictates that “States Parties to the Treaty shall pursue studies of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter and, where necessary, shall adopt appropriate measures for this purpose.”
LiptonCambell: Ah, but re-read that- it's about the Earth, not Venus.
Is that the only reason why you'd object? Bureaucracy?
ghostgeek: It's about both: "shall pursue studies of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination." Somebody, somewhere, is bound to call the lawyers in if one earth bug gets loose on Mars.
TieMeTite9: Sometimes the evidence is right in your face, but if you DONT want to believe , you will never see it!
LiptonCambell: Haha what evidence Tie? Every planet we look at, every star system and galaxy, are utterly inhospitable to all forms of life. Literally 100% of our understanding the universe is a giant middle finger to life as we know it....
....and you want to take all of our observations, and conclude that EVERYTHING we know is false?
Like you said, 'Sometimes the evidence is right in your face, but if you DONT want to believe '
lavendar_star: I think highly unlikely there are aliens but it would be cool if there was as I think that's the only thing that would unite humankind and stop us fight amougst ourselves based on race, religion, etc we just could hate them. But I did see on the news that UK scientists did have a theory about alien particles or something related to beginning of life on earth. So you never know the Universe is so big n who know how far technology will take us long into the future.
ghostgeek: Doesn't matter if you believe in aliens or not, somebody is going to be spending your money looking for them. A new mission, called PLATO, will look at a million stars with the intention of searching for earth-like planets. If any show signs of pollution, well bingo, an advanced alien civilisation is probably messing it up. In other words, we're looking for slobs like us.
Blackshoes: That's not likely the rich would fight for the rights to any knowledge gained
Wherever they'res greed n'want someone will fight for it
ghostgeek: Even if half a million alien civilisations were found, all puffing away on stogies, not a lot anybody could do with the knowledge. Fortunately for them, they're a long way away.
TieMeTite9: That's the deal, time/space so vast it's a barrier to any civilization getting to know any other planet's life before it's all gone.
LiptonCambell: Lol if Aliens lived on the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, and had advanced telescopes, they'd see a Victorian society
ghostgeek: Of course, there is the outside possibility that someday the human race will discover a means of travelling to the stars that is practical. As we know, in Homer's day going to the moon was impossible but not so now. If this day ever dawns, and there are aliens, they may regret not having wiped us out of existence when they had the chance.
The13th: Nearest star a hundred light year away? Guess not much chance that I will ever make a mixed spieces alien babe.