Is there life on other planets?
This is just an objective question where I want rational answers not obscure opinions. Thanks!
Logically, I think it's possible. I find it extremely hard to believe that out of this vast universe, Earth is the only planet to inhabit life. I'm not saying there could be another planet of advanced humans like us, but I definitely believe that it is possible for there to be some sort of life form somewhere in space.
Probably, but I doubt that we will ever meet any aliens. The distances between solar systems are simply too vast. It is conceivable, however, that we may be able to communicate with other worlds someday, although there will be long delays between messages.
Life? Yes I believe there must be simply given that vast numbers involved. Humanoid or highly evolved life is another question.
Most people think that "there are so many planets" but when you take all of the things that go into an Earth environment those number shrink very quickly.
After all you need a breathable atmosphere, liquid water, and lots of it, a moon to keep things spinning and currents flowing, etc. etc.
Finally you need the spark of life to kick things off. Of course we don't know where that comes from or how often it happens.
I don't, on the other hand, believe that we are being visited by highly intelligent aliens who buzz around making crop circles and probing some redneck's output port.
If they had the power to travel millions of light years through interstellar space I think they would land somewhere where they would be most apt to encounter the highest powers.
I also tend to believe that should we ever be visited it won't go well for us. In all likelihood they will be looking for resources just as we would be. They will do whatever they feel they need to in order to take those resources and we will be seen as either another resource (food) or competition that needs to be eliminated.
The only answers are: if you believe in evolution, then yes, certainly, the universe is so huge, it can not be measured. And if you believe in evolution, then we cannot limit life to be like us. The only qualification is sentience and reproduction although presumably, another form of life may be a single entity and a single representative of its species and die without ever having the capability to reproduce.
Being a Christian, I believe that it is possible that God created other forms of life on other planets, but I do not think they would ever have a sentience like human beings, maybe as high as animals, but no more. It is possible that there is plant and animal life on other planets, but I highly doubt it because if you believe as I do, the entire universe was created with us in mind and the history of the Earth is limited to 6000 years and we are near the end - it is doubtful we will be able to visit other planets any time soon. If Adam and Eve caused the entire Creation to fall, it is unlikely that there is any other sentience like us as they would be unfairly affected by humanity's sin. If we are part of the universe (Creation) that God created in the beginning 6 days, we are the most important (and destructive) force in that universe. I think it doesn't make sense in my religious view that "aliens" exist on other planets.
I realize this is controversial, but this is the most rational answer from my point of view and I have learned enough about macro-evolution to not believe it so I have to say no, there is no life on other planets.
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