Our sun is just one in a galaxy of a thousand billion suns. Our galaxy, known affectionally as the "Milky Way" is only one of one hundred billion galaxies that populate the universe. The number of planets in the universe runs into the trillions.

Several cosmologists have estimated that one tenth of one percent of the stars are capable of having systems that could support life.

Giving us the possiblity that the universe contains one billion inhabited worlds.

What do you think? Are we totally alone in this vast universe or is it just a matter of time before we meet another intelligent life form.

Lionel
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Even with millions of suns and billions of planets, there's no guarantee of simultaneity. Our various heydays may be millions of years apart. We may even be ahead of the pack.

Then again, we may not recognize the other intelligent life forms. Maybe they're tiny, and inhabit worlds the size of a white blood cell. Maybe they're silicon-based, and take 30 years to blink. Maybe only parts of them exist in our cosmos. The tip of your ballpoint pen may be the extruded elbow of a Dråg.

MrP
MrPedanticThe tip of your ballpoint pen may be the extruded elbow of a Dråg.

MrP

Just think...we might be on the tip of a ballpoint pen, too.

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MrPedanticEven with millions of suns and billions of planets, there's no guarantee of simultaneity. Our various heydays may be millions of years apart. We may even be ahead of the pack.

Then again, we may not recognize the other intelligent life forms. Maybe they're tiny, and inhabit worlds the size of a white blood cell. Maybe they're silicon-based, and take 30 years to blink. Maybe only parts of them exist in our cosmos. The tip of your ballpoint pen may be the extruded elbow of a Dråg.

MrP

Quite so Mr.P., but you haven't actually answered the questionEmotion: smile

Lionel
Lionel In ParisOur sun is just one in a galaxy of a thousand billion suns. Our galaxy, known affectionally as the "Milky Way" is only one of one hundred billion galaxies that populate the universe. The number of planets in the universe runs into the trillions.

Several cosmologists have estimated that one tenth of one percent of the stars are capable of having systems that could support life.

Giving us the possiblity that the universe contains one billion inhabited worlds.

What do you think? Are we totally alone in this vast universe or is it just a matter of time before we meet another intelligent life form.

Lionel

g'day lionel

unless we are able to repeal the laws of physics there is no possibility that we will ever be able to travel far enough to meet any of the living multitudes not from earth

robert
Yeah I think that there are E.T.s like Darth Vader, ALF, ET, and Jar Jar.
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I'm not travelling halfway across the universe to meet someone called Alf.

Call me old-fashioned; but I feel that an alien life form ought to have at least one diacritical in its name, and very possibly no vowels.

MrP
Dear Lionel In Paris,

I personally believe that we are not alone. Now i am not saying that there are going to be green aliens out there, i am talking about organisms, like protazoa, or any form of bacteria. How could it be that just ONE PLANET in a huge solar system is the only evidence of life? Showing the Odds i believe that there are some plant life out there.

Sincerley,

Megaloo
I neither think nor believe aliens exist. I know that we are not alone. Emotion: smile
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