I think we're alone now?

Are we alone?

I am writing this Hub in response to the question "Do you think we are alone in this universe?" by sweetzara.

Well I don't know whether we are alone not, do you? Does the possibility of us being in this universe with other lfe forms depend on reality/fact or does it depend on faith, if it depends on fact, would we not need proof? Now if it depends on faith, then that means we believe in something we can not see and that can be a problem for many people.

Stephen Hawking says:

"We don’t know life appeared, he tells us, but he observes that it appeared very quickly. The earth was formed 5.6 billion years ago, and life appeared about 5 billion years ago. “The likelihood of life appearing seems to be very high.” Intelligent life is something else, however. “On the other hand, we evidently haven’t been visited by aliens… Why would UFOs appear only to crackpots and weirdos?”

"If we are the only intelligent beings, we need to consider our long-term survival. He believes that we must look beyond planet earth, out into space. “The answers to big questions mean we’ve made amazing progress in the last hundred years.” To move forward, he believes, we need to invest heavily in “manned – or person-ed – space flight.”

There are always two sides to a story then there is the truth. To be fair and allow everyone to develop their own understanding I have found and am now posting a link to another Hub that goes in the opposite direction.

http://brotheryochanan.hubpages.com/hub/Life-on-other-planets-highly-unlikely the author of this Hub brotheryochanon explains his belief as to why the unlikely probability for extra-terrestrial life forms.

Where do we base our beliefs? I have no actual experience or knowledge of extra-terrestrials, but I do personally know of one former co-worker and now a current co-worker who claim to have been visited by aliens. I'm somewhat skeptical, but then again I was not there and I wont say much more about that.

I do however have a fairly good imagination and like others who have already added their opinions I have mine as well.

Couldn't help myself (LOL)

Starmen?

So, where could they be and have they been here before? I know where I find many interesting accounts of history and of men who seek truth; and so from the book of Ezekiel in the Bible (NIV) an excerpt from chapter one, verses four through nine:

4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

With many recent films about aliens taking over the world, e.g. Independence Day or War of the Worlds, to name two, I'm not alone in my imagination. Where art and science seem to meet, as in Star Trek, many thought to be imagined or dreamt of things, places or ... have been found to become reality.

Instead of trying to recall those inventions I am adding a link to a thread that speaks of those gadgets as well as other interesting tidbits, here it is http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/F85310?thread=179842

You may recall that in Star Trek and in Star Wars as well, there were many different looking species of creatures and of my opinion and if there is indeed extra-terrestrial lifeforms do they all have to look humanoid or organic even? What if that other life form happened to look like a rock or a gas cloud?

How would we know, even now, that we are not co-existing with other worldly life?

Where are WE in all this?

Milky and not clear way of life

NASA announced its discovery on Thursday of an organism that subsists off the toxic chemical arsenic, redefining the search for life and the scope of the environments that it can thrive in.

"The definition of life has just expanded. As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it," said NASA's Ed Weiler.

http://www.trendbuzz.com/world-events/10997/arsenic-based-organism-redefines-search-for-alien-life.html

Now since starting this Hub, I went off a feeling, that same one that gnaws at my stomach each time I look to the sky and see open and vast space. There are no walls in space and even if there were, exactly what would be outside of them? Above you have seen that organisms survive in atmospheres unlike our own. Man's conception of how life should be conceived or how life should exist is extremely flawed and shallowly based, leaning solely on our own understanding.


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Lichens?

All I can say is Lichens; they are strange and they can live where man can't and where beast can't, could they be foreign to this planet? Maybe they were deposited here by a meteor or asteroid. check out this link and see what you think.

http://www.perspective.com/nature/fungi/lichens.html

Do you know that explorers continue to find new species of plants and animal organisms on this planet each year? Top 10 New Species - 2011

http://species.asu.edu/Top10 So as you can see, I suppose these guys were hiding right under our noses or feet or seas or...How do we expect to believe no other life forms exist elsewhere in the cosmos when we can't even find all the living organisms on our own planet?

Believe me, we will find or be found by other life forms, if we haven't already.


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bluebird 4 years ago

The universe is a wonder as we all wonder about it. But I have found an awesome documentary about it that is so good, it can't be missed. It will inspire you as nothing else and make you realize WE are a special creation and there is none else. Our potential is astounding and it all has to do with the universe!!!

Don't delay - look at mankind's here:

http://www.thetrumpetdaily.com/program/20111209?pa...


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

Thanks bluebird, I will definitely take a look at that. ?


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Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

No more alone than we ever were, no more alone than we will ever be. Alone has no meaning.


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fordie 4 years ago from China

Big question. Very interesting response. Now checking out those links


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

An interesting take on things, @noturningback. I like to think we're not alone. I grew up watching the original Star Trek on television. I like the sense of adventure.

I think the correct figure is 4.5 billion years ago for Earth starting out and 4 billion years ago for life.

Yes, life seems to be an easy thing to have started in a new star system with a liquid-water bearing planet, like Earth. That's why all the fuss about finding Earth-like planets. Some are the right size; some are the right distance; but none found so far are both the right size and distance from their sun. But with 200,000,000+ stars in this galaxy alone, that's a lot of potential planets. Likely several million Earth-like planets exist in this galaxy. And there are billions of galaxies in the known universe.

My research into a Genesis timeline compatible with those of science turned up a date of 10,434,130 for the start of humanity. Whether or not this is true, we'll have to wait for anthropologists to dig up more bones. But if true, then Homo sapiens seems unlikely to have evolved from earlier apes. And if Neanderthal is the best that nature could do without God's help, then likely there are no "naturally evolved" species out there capable of developing a civilization, especially a space-faring one like those in Star Trek. Alas!


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

Wow, you have been doing some research on this for quite some time it appears. That long ago, I thought they (Paleontologists) had decided on about 4 million years, that is interesting and I wonder if you have made a Hub on that?


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

I hope you find them as interesting as I did.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

I suppose you are right in that sense of alone as far as it apllies to what we understand "alone" to mean as a race. There are far more species than we can count here even on Earth and alone, as concerning living things in our own environment, may be only hindered by the lack of ability to communicate with those species that co-inhabit the Earth with us. Even now, scientists are trying to and have broken through communication barriers of other species, but we only know what we see, hear and live here on this planet.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Fascinating subject. I can't help but feel that there is another Earth out there somewhere.


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Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

Actually, what became us crawled out of the slime billions of years ago. Human beings could be quite commonplace in the outer universe.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

I'm sure that is correct, I wonder who their king is and whether or not he is a tyrant. L?L


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

OOooh slimy, I hope not, I would be more inclined to believe we walked through or better yet around the slime.

:) ? :) ? :) ? :) ?


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

Thanks for the interesting hub, noturningback!

=Quirinus


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

You're welcome. I can't wait to feast my eyes upon more of your hubs as well.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

I love that last picture you chose.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

It was very different than all the others and that is how I perceive alien life to be. Thanks again for another comment.

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