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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.