questionsdo you believe in life on other planets? in other…


It is a mathematically and statistical likelyhood... I hope we make contact and I hope even more that they play nice!


Yes, yes and yes. Got to be optimistic about something.


If the entire universe exists for the sole purpose of giving us something to gaze upon at night (and to guide ships), then my god what a waste of space.

The probability of life not being out there somewhere is so incomprehensibly small that I get a headache just thinking about it. It has to be out there.


I really hope so. It would add more flavor to our lives. I've always wondered what they would look like, it's the reason I love scifi, Star Trek, Star Wars and even Enemy Mine with Lou Gosset


I'm glad you didn't specify intelligent life. At times, I'm not certain if we have any here.


Ditto what everyone above posted!


I believe there is the possibility of life on other planets.
But I have theological issues with their being sentient life on other planets. I'm not saying that God couldn't create life on other planets, particularly sentient life. But, if He did and if Jesus really came to Earth to be a person and die for the sins of all people (and I believe He did), then that puts the Earth and humanity in an incredibly prominent position that I'm not quite certain I'm entirely comfortable believing we're in.


@gt0163c: on the "god created the earth in six days, then he rested on the seventh" always left me wondering what he did on the eighth, ninth, tenth, etc. somehow i just have to believe if he did all that in six days, watching us humans for the rest of his existance would be boring for him.


There is only one correct answer to each of your questions.

Life in the universe: Probable
Intelligent life in the universe: Possible
Will we see it in our lifetime: Maybe


@gt0163c: If we were created in God's image - perhaps on an other planet, life was created in a different image. You don't have to let your theology limit God's possibilities.

As to the OP. Yes, I believe there is absolutely life out there. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find small life in our solar system. I'm also sure there are other sentient life-forms out beyond our current reach. I don't think we will make contact in my lifetime.


I believe that it is likely that there is life elsewhere.

I am not concerned about the theological issues raised above because, if the Christian God exists and is indeed omnipotent and omniscient, then I'd be a tracking arrogant bass to presume that my lack of understanding should limit God in some way. Note that my use of the word "if" is not meant to question God's existence in any way and that "tracking arrogant bass" is not what I initially typed, but rather what the auto correct on this tablet decided I meant to write.


Depends. "Life" is actually an incredibly poorly defined concept, as evidenced by NASA's press conference last year about a hot-spring bacterium that uses arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA backbone.

Current postulates about the origins of life suppose that self-replicating strands of RNA may have developed spontaneously, and 'evolved' into the organized eukaryotic life we are familiar with. Do those strands qualify as "life?" Hard to say.

But to give a direct answer, yes. There are 200 billion stars in just the Milky Way. Even if only a handful of those have planets capable of potentially supporting life (and Kepler/etc. are revealing more all the time), there are so very many galaxies that life elsewhere seems more like a certainty.

I still think the odds of ever contacting intelligent life are near-zero unless we somehow abuse our spacetime and figure out FTL communication/travel, if they are even possible.

Most importantly, I do not believe Earth is special.


@mtm2: You must be from the South...maybe Alabama?

J/K, just a little rub from Arkansas, where our football coach was playing volleyball and was blindsided by a motorcycle.
As for the OP, yes, yes and no(unless you are really young).


@rprebel: So do I. I often question the universe to myself, and my wife always brings it up randomly just because she knows that it will make me go into deep thought.

I also question where the entire universe came from. How it all started...... and here we go again. Damn you OP.


Life? absolutely. In all likelihood, "life" as we currently consider it, was present on mars several billion years ago, as the conditions were favorable enough, and the "what they left behind" evidence is mounting. I think as further probes are sent, we'll gain good confirmation of this within our lifetimes. That's just our own solar system - infinitely small against the curtain of the universe.

Evolved/intelligent/potentially spacefaring life? I like to say i believe in the possibility of it (simply because WE exist, and the number of solar systems in our own galaxy (hundreds of millions? billions?) PLUS the number of other galaxies (millions? billions? experts can't agree because it's too many to count/ too far away/ too "infinite" to estimate.) - so i absolutely cite our own existence as enough proof for the possibility of life ocurring and evolving elsewhere.. BUT I do not think we are currently visited by flying ships from outser space :)


Yes I believe there is life in other galaxies, after all the Milky Way is one of the smaller galaxies of the hundreds scientists have already discovered. There are probably many thousands of galaxies they aren't even close to discovering.

Not looking to start a theological war here, but an entity that you've been taught and told to believe in isn't out there with a finger deciding where life should exist. There is a scientific process that planets go through to support life. Even if there is some big powerful entity, don't you think it would be very egocentric and selfish to believe we're the only intelligent life in the world?


@snoopjedi: I agree with you about the chances of intelligent life making contact is near zero. (just near)

When talking about numbers these large, people lose perspective.

Before we had hubble - it had already been estimated that there were more stars in the universe than grains of sand on earth. Post hubble, that number grows exponentially.

The base number they were using was several orders of magnitude into the quadrillions range.

To give people perspective - if we were to consider a single, small strip of beach our own galaxy... imagine how unlikely it is for one grain of sand (painted green for study purposes, let's say) 50 yards down the shore, to ever come in contact with a specific grain of sand at your feet. the quantities and distances involved at that scale are so ridiculously great, that it would be nearly impossible. Now imagine that green grain of sand being on a beach across the ocean. That's probably a more accurage analogy here. Astronomically small chances.


We are so small. Imagine us being one grain of sand in our entire solar system. Not only is there life, but most likly exact replicas of us. All we are r atoms in a certain order. Surely somewhere I'm the infinence of space they rearrange to remake us, again and again.


Life on other planets: Yeah, I honestly can't believe that Earth would be the only planet (period) that could have life come about on it.
Elsewhere in the Universe: That's covered by the other planets bit, unless the original "other planets" meant just in our galaxy (it's still pretty likely, even then) So, again, yes.
Us finding evidence: Maybe (longshot). I think it'd be huge if we found some evidence of life, or even life itself out there. With how our (Earth in general) space programs are going, I'm not holding my breath. I think it'd be more likely that a race that had already surpassed our own technology level would come visiting, but that's already crazy improbable, so I really doubt anyone alive now will ever get to meet someone/thing from off the planet. Maybe in a couple hundred years or so (if we decide to keep looking, that is)


There are so many galaxies, each with billions of stars, and many of those have planets, many of those have moons... and each of them lives for millions or billions of years. With all the possibilities, it's hard to imagine that there isn't something else out there. Maybe even whole civilizations that rose and fell millions of years before us.
Will we meet them? I think there's a good change we might, eventually.
In this lifetime? Only if they're way more advanced and they reach out to us...


Yup there's life out there, and I want to be the first to make contact. Not sure what I would say, but hey, what a way to make history.


I've been writing poetry to prepare myself if I ever come across alien life.

I wonder if anyone will get this reference.


Still like to think we live on a marble in some alien kid's marble bag.


Life? Yes. Life is very resilient. Wouldn't surprise me to find it in our solar system.

Intelligent life? Yes. The universe is a MASSIVE place, almost impossible to comprehend the scope. In fact I'd guess at least thousands of intelligent lifeforms are out there, if not far more.

Will we ever find intelligent life? Not in our lifetimes, unless they reach out to us. Our technology just isn't close to the level that would be needed to find the proverbial needle in the enormous haystack, much less actually reach them.


@moosezilla: You're assuming that God experiences time linearly like we do. I'm not certain we can make that assumption. I think a better way to look at that passage of the Bible is to read it more as poetry rather than narrative. This allows us to think of the days more figuratively rather than literally and think that perhaps God didn't want to tell Moses EXACTLY how the life, the universe and everything started because, if He did, Moses' head would have likely exploded.


Yes I think there is life elsewhere. I find it pretentious to believe that what we have here is the be all, end all of life. As for seeing it in our lifetimes, I hope so.



I generally don't see them as "ghosts" (which to me would imply some form of intelligence) but in this case, perhaps yes.