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Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?

by karlgoethebier (Monsignor)
on Jun 01, 2020 at 13:59 UTC ( #11117560=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Yes
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No
[bar] 22/20%
111 total votes
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Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by tobyink (Canon) on Jun 04, 2020 at 11:53 UTC

    It's statistically almost a certainty that there is life elsewhere in the universe. Intelligent life is pretty probable too. However, because of the vast distances involved, making contact with any life outside our solar system seems pretty unlikely; and finding any life more complex than single cells inside our solar system equally so.

      I totally agree with tobyink

      So I dont want to know if there is extraterrestrial life out of there, because I already know. So I voted No

      Universe is too big and big numbers are fun: impossible to state that Earth is an unicum (well probably is, but in another sense and we must conserve it as well as we can, instead of depredate it..).

      I want just to add a little concept: lithopanspermia.

      See also

      L*

      There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
      Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.
Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by LanX (Cardinal) on Jun 03, 2020 at 23:47 UTC
    Hmm.. shouldn't the question be about intelligent life ?

    Anyway, I'm still wondering if there is any terrestrial intelligent life ...

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

      in other words, before trying to create "artificial intelligence" we should try to unterstand natural stupidity?
Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by perldigious (Priest) on Jun 01, 2020 at 16:01 UTC

    Only if we can get them on Tinder, I'd like to be first to be that friend people have that only dates Thermian women. :-)

    Just another Perl hooker - My clients appreciate that I keep my code clean but my comments dirty.

      No, not really, just where.

        «...where...»

        Very far away. At least this is sure. And I hope very much that they don’t have yet another strange president over there.

        «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

        perl -MCrypt::CBC -E 'say Crypt::CBC->new(-key=>'kgb',-cipher=>"Blowfish")->decrypt_hex($ENV{KARL});'Help

Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Jun 09, 2020 at 09:16 UTC

    Liu Cixin's trilogy Remembrance of Earth's Past gives an interesting aspect to that question, comparing galactic civilizations with hunters in a dark forest:

    In a dark forest, you have no way to identify if anyone you meet is peaceful or not. So the only rational way (if you want to survive) is to hide yourself - and to kill any other before they might see and kill you.

    So I'm not so sure if I want to find out if there is extraterrestrial life ...

    Rata

Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by karlgoethebier (Monsignor) on Jun 12, 2020 at 13:48 UTC

    Further reading

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

    perl -MCrypt::CBC -E 'say Crypt::CBC->new(-key=>'kgb',-cipher=>"Blowfish")->decrypt_hex($ENV{KARL});'Help

Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by Skeeve (Parson) on Jun 17, 2020 at 08:24 UTC

    I voted "No" because I'm sure there is.

    I'm pretty sure it's an intelligent life form. Proof is: They ignore us.


    s$$([},&%#}/&/]+}%&{})*;#$&&s&&$^X.($'^"%]=\&(|?*{%
    +.+=%;.#_}\&"^"-+%*).}%:##%}={~=~:.")&e&&s""`$''`"e
      I voted "No" because I'm sure there is.

      It's interesting - I don't see the causative relationship.
      To me, it would make just as much sense (ie none whatsoever) to say "I voted 'Yes' because I'm sure there is".

      The question is "Do you *want* to know", and the answer is not reliant upon what (if anything) you already know.
      The question is about what you *want* to know, irrespective of anything that you already know.

      Cheers,
      Rob
Re: Do you really want to know if there is extraterrestrial life?
by syphilis (Bishop) on Jun 12, 2020 at 15:01 UTC
    As tobyink, in effect, said earlier - we already know.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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