- Politics and Social Issues»
- Science in Society
Are We Alone?
Are We Alone?
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.