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Are We Alone?

Updated on March 18, 2010

Are We Alone?

Space, the Final Frontier?
Space, the Final Frontier?

Aliens, Do They Exist?

One of the big questions since the early sixties hs been, Are We Alone? Do Aliens Exist?

The answer is of course, we don't know. There are enough stars out there to be called infinite by anyone who doesn't have a super computer handy, and the mathematics pretty much guarantees that even with incredibly low odds for life emerging, with trillions of planets out there, the chances of other higher life evolving are pretty much guaranteed.

In the same vein, the maths also states that the distances are so vast, we will probably never even learn of their existence.

But there are still several opposing sides to the story.

Are We Alone - The Scientists who say 'Yes'

There are plenty of scientists out there who feel comfortable in saying that life could not exist outside of earth.

While this number is ever decreasing, i deem it only fair that I include their viewpoint. most of these viewpoints did however fade when water was found on Mars.

The reasoning before was that liquid water was a rare substance in the universe, however with recent evidence pointing to mars having an atmosphere, liquid flowing water, and volcanic outlets in the past, it seems that Mars may once have been able to support life.

And if we had the possibilities of life this close to our own planet, the odds are looking up for the other trillions of planets out there.

Are We Alone - The Religions Say Yes (Apart form God of course)

Religion is set against life outside of Earth, mostly down to the fact that this planet, is essentially, all that God did, the rest was created for our viewing pleasure.

Although the general religious viewpoint is against saying that we are alone in this universe, there have been several notable religious figures recently who have been 'pro UFO'.

While religion is a bit of a sticky topic, especially in areas where God is called in to question, there seems to have been a remarkable increase in ambiguity in recent years from the religious folks.

Are We Alone - The Scientists who Say 'No'

There are a growing number of scientists who now believe that sheer odds make life outside of our planet a certainty, but as pointed out earlier, unlikely to make their way to our planet.

While the odds do look surprisingly good, and there is mounting evidence to support how easily common chemical reactions can bond together to form very basic life, it is still a lot of speculation.

Just because something 'could happen' does not mean it 'will happen', and with little real fact behind them at the moment, these scientists can only theorise.

Are We Alone - My view on it all.

To be perfectly honest I think there is life out there, I think if life has come about once, then the chances are it can come about again, and probably with better results.

I agree however that the distances involved are so vast, that it is unlikely we will meet any of this life for a long time to come.

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      BloodAndRoses 7 years ago

      i think there are alien life forms in the Universe...of course they may be very simple like a tiny bacteria or something. there may be advanced alien races and even humanoid creatures somewhere out there, but i don't think they visit Earth or leave crop circles behind. or maybe they already came and went, since some of these galaxies and celestial wonders we spy with things like the Hubble are gone and we are just now seeing their light from billions of years ago...

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I believe that we are not. What convinces me is the military and commercial airline pilots sightings 9from around the world) and a cable TV documentary "I know what I Saw" . who knows that could be our 2nd life.

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      jez_jay33 7 years ago from Los Banos Laguna

      well, life in other planets really is a great possibility, but until we get proof or an actual high statistical value which should be supported by of course real gathered evidences that life may exist, whether higher forms or even lower forms, life other than us will remain just a possibility. well, aleged water sources and ice water were found in jupiter's moon, the odds of life other than humans go even higher. but still, people hadn't reach and observed places that may bear even microscopic life (not sure with mars though with some fossil bacteria), so let's just relax because we are not the generation that will know the answer. maybe our kids, or our grand kids, but it is a high possibility

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      thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Maybe I over simplified, however the 60's was when a whole rash of UFO sightings began!

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      aintsoobvious 7 years ago from Shrewsbury, UK.

      Dude, "Since the Early 60's people have been asking are we alone?" I think people have been asking that question a little longer than you might give the impression of in your opening scentence. Aztec, Somalian and Ancient Egyptian ruins all bare hyroglyphs and pictographs that suggest at least a speculation as to what the cosmos may hold - also check out how stone henge, the great pyramid and other ancient sites correspond to stellar constellations.. This question has been here as long as we've been able to see the stars.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      We have seen things but can never prove what it was. So still think there is something out there.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Taking into account of probability and the universe is infinite, it has to be yes. Thanks for posting this:)

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Another nice hub - you remind me, well, of me :) Think I penned down another hub much along the same lines. Well, you've got a fan now :)

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Oh I found it if you wish to embed it here. I don't normally post links in comments but this is relevant to your hub.

      Just delete my post. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0PWOJkWgcM

      This one is somewhat related too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ex__M-OwSA

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      thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Yeah i saw a mathmatical breakdown of it too, wish I could remember where!

      I think it was in an Asimov book.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      I think that there is every chance that life exists beyond Earth ~ but I'm not at all sure what kind of life it is; whether we shall ever have proof; or if it popping over to see us in flying saucers? :)

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Carl Sagan once attempted to break down the odds of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. His approach was very logical and he came up with a number. I wish I could find that video. It would be perfect for this hub.

      Every galaxy has about a billion stars and there are more than a billion galaxies. No matter how low the odds with such huge numbers there probably is life, and intelligent life out there somewhere.

      Propulsion systems would never work for star travel. You would need a way to fold space, dimensions, to instantly jump long distances since near speed of light travel is probably impossible. Even traveling at the speed of light this would be far too slow to get very far in the universe.

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      There are several reports indicating aliens have landed in our fields all around the world. They left there calling card you might say. We may not be alone.....

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      great article/ thumbs up.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Gotta agree with my sisters above, we just have no idea what God may have done elsewhere, but I agree with you also, if it exists we are not liable to see it here on earth.

      To get here they would need to be very much advanced on our technology, so if they came, it would be like you deciding to walk to the other side of the world to look at an ant heap.

      Needless to say, I have a hub about aliens also, with my take on it!

      Thanks for the read...

      John

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thoughtful and balanced! Thanks for an interesting Hub.

      We are both religious and don't think that we know all that God has done - so there could be more.