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    Is there anybody out there?

    An unmanned Nasa mission to search the sky for Earth-like planets with the potential to host life has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

    The Kepler telescope will orbit the Sun to watch a patch of space thought to contain about 100,000 stars like ours.

    What do you think, is there anybody out there?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7918497.stm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokum
    What do you think, is there anybody out there?
    I think there is almost certain life elsewhere in the universe. In fact almost certainly I think in our galaxy. Perhaps even on other moons or planets of our solar system. Is there life producing signs of its existence close enough to us for us to detect right now? Not to date and perhaps not for some time to come.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    ...if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space
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    Biggest waste of money along with nuke weapons etc and in USA where of this was developed the rich companies avoid tax so is mostly paid for by the worker, and the companies get more rich because of it.

    The workers are the suckers coz they are conned into crawling up to such "marvels".

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    it impossible for there to be no life elsewhere...Earth can't be the only planet with life but even if we made contact with "aliens" the government wouldn't tell us because we can't handle it, we are too narrow minded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister
    it impossible for there to be no life elsewhere...Earth can't be the only planet with life but even if we made contact with "aliens" the government wouldn't tell us because we can't handle it, we are too narrow minded
    The Fermi Paradox - theoretically the odds are that our galaxy alone should be teeming with intelligent life, all busily colonising neighbouring stars. After 10.5 billion years, why haven't they arrived here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    After 10.5 billion years, why haven't they arrived here?
    Maybe that's those "football field" sized observed flying objects ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjenhager
    Maybe that's those "football field" sized observed flying objects ?
    One of the possible paradox solutions - they have arrived but no-one believes it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    One of the possible paradox solutions - they have arrived but no-one believes it
    Fantastic! Where's Ax!?
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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    Another possible solution of course is that there are no other intelligent lifeforms

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    Or we are too insignificant to bother with

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    Or too isolated from the galactic centre (the hub of civilisation?!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    Another possible solution of course is that there are no other intelligent lifeforms
    Fantastic! Where's Ax!?
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Fantastic! Where's Ax!?
    I really don't think you're taking this seriously

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    I really don't think you're taking this seriously
    Actually I think it's very interesting, one of the more interesting on the BB. The question and possible solutions are truly fantastic - it's the banal discussion that follows to which I object (so I'm getting in first ).
    There is no cure for leftism. Its infestation of the host mostly diminishes with age except in the most rabid of specimens.

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