In this day of so many scams, it becomes important to study any theory and to view the evidence. For myself, Aliens might exist, some credible people have insisted that they are real, but since I have not had any encounters with Aliens, I'm one of those who keeps an open mind.
I think it's completely normal for people to doubt the existence of something they haven't seen or hasn't otherwise been proven by reliable methods. In fact, it's not only normal, but a certain level of skepticism is healthy and helpful.
I have never seen an alien, but I think the odds that humans are the only intelligent life form are remote given the number of stars and planets that exist. However, because of the distances involved, I'm doubtful that any of these other life forms have ever been to Earth. I could be convinced otherwise if presented with the right evidence.
We should consider a terrestrial answer before we go off into space. Civilizations have risen and fallen for thousands of years. It is possible an ancient high-tech civilization existed and then ended due to some catastrophe. The remnants of the high-tech civilization may have come in contact with low-tech survivors of the same catastrophe. In which case the low-tech people may have mistaken the high-tech people to be gods/angles. This is known as the Atlantean Theory. This theory would completely explain ancient literature such as the Torah, Old Testament, Vedas, Sumerian Texts, etc.
Yes. In fact everyone is born a "non-believer" until someone else fills their mind with a particular religious doctrine.
When I was growing up your parents decided you were going to church. It wasn't like a child had a "choice". Otherwise I would have stayed home and watched "The Lone Ranger", "Charlie Chan" "Zorro", and "Abbot & Costello". No child begged to go to church.
Believing is something that is taught or passed down from adults to children. Rarely do you see a person who is a believer that was not "indoctrinated" early on in their life.
It's more of a challenge to question religious beliefs after having them ingrained repeatedly during your "formative years".
Afterwards it's "abnormal" having the courage to question religion.
Adam lived to be 930 years old.
Noah had his first child after he was 500 years old.
God created foreign languages because of the Tower of Babel
Jesus died on a Friday and rose on Sunday. (That's 3 days) Really?
Once one studies the origins of the bible and how the document was actually (put together) during the cannon process which determined which books to include and exclude you see politics in action.
My bad! I thought the topic was on believing in religion! LOL!
I should have studied the photo before responding to the question. Having said that I believe it's foolish to believe earth is the only planet in the universe with "intelligent life"
We are all non-believers of one kind or another, depending upon perspective and outlook. To atheists, religionists are classified as non-believers because the latter does not believe in atheism while to religionists, atheists are considered non-believers because they do not believe in God. Even in religion, there are sects, factions, and denominators who consider those outside their particular sectarian, faction, and denomination to be non-believers because the latter do not adopt the same/similar religious outlook as they do.
The aspect of non-believer does not only apply to religions but to other aspects and spheres of life. People of the same/similar outlook contend that those outside their particular purview as non-believers. They oftentimes consider such people odd at best and pariahs at worst. It is human nature to consider those who do not believe as we do non-believers, even going so far to classify them in a negative light. This has been done throughout history. Many people have been ostracized, marginalized, and even exterminated because their particular beliefs, views, and outlooks were different from the predominant culture and society. Only a minute, evolved few see beyond and even accept that there are people who are going to believe differently than they do.
Non-believing is perfectly normal in my opinion. From a critical point of view, you shouldn't believe anything until you have some concrete proof of it. We can assume, whatever we want, but for believing something, conviction is not enough. Unless we have some detrimental proof, all should have an open mind.
Saying that, if you approach the question of existence from a scientific point of view, it's highly probable that we are alone in this universe. If you see, how the life was originated on the earth, you will find that a lot of factors has to be worked on favor. This diminishes the probability of finding life in another place so greatly, that the existence of aliens are really doubtful.
But again, it doesn't disprove the existence of aliens. Probability just gives the maximum likelihood of the event, which is by the way very low in this case, but not zero.
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