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Old 11-19-2008, 05:57 PM
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Yeah. But I'm not so sure we're ready for First Contact. I mean, we're still blowing one another up. There are still people starving, still a huge gap between have and have not, we're destroying our planet, we as a species still haven't come to accept the differences between us ... I think we've got a LOT of work to do, a lot of evolving to do, before we're ready. But who knows, maybe First Contact will make us ready. I dunno.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Trekki View Post
That's really cool. Now its only a matter of time before we make first contact.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:26 AM
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Considering that FH-B is a super jovian, it's doubtful that there would be anyone there to make first contact with...

No, the real support for the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe actually came about a year and a half ago, when we found that bianary star stystems (which make up about half of the night sky) have planetary systems around them. In fact, they are about as common as grass on a golf course. So, the Drake Equasion suddenly got a huge whack of possible planets where life could theoretically form added to it.

The other was the refutation of the "Rare Earth" theory. For a while there, some scientists were thinking that there would be no way that there were very many planets out there that could support life, due to how small the "habitable zone" was around most main sequence stars... unfortunately for them (but a boon to those of us who have a certain faith in the statistical probability of ET life...) we've found that life is far easier to start, and vastly more tenacious than we previously thought.

Much, much, much easier, in fact.

Extremophiles may be the rule, in fact. Which means the life we might encounter someday... intelligent or otherwise... will be wildly differnt from us, than looking like an actor who has come out of the Westmore's makeup chair.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:26 AM
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As soon as formalhaut was mentioned, all I could think of was Commander Jameson and Ross 154 for some strange reason, oh and Barnards Star
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