Boldly Going Nowhere
Bret Burquest

The Known Universe

Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at 5:28 PM
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  • My only problem with the claim that it is preposterous to assume we are the only intelligent life-form in the universe has to deal with the fact that we do not know the actual probability of life arising on any given planet. Unless there is a way to determine the rarity of life arising, who is to say that the chance that life arrised on earth (all the molecules arranging perfectly in time and space) was not less that 1 in 100 sextillion. For example, if everybody in the world played the 6-number lottery, I would bet that more than one person would win. However, if the lottery was to pick 100 numbers correctly, even with 6 billion people it would be rare to find a winner.

    -- Posted by alerner302 on Sun, Jul 20, 2008, at 10:23 PM
  • There is a way, and there is a mathematical equasion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation and it's entirely pompous and arrogant to think we're the only 'intelligent' life in the universe, and not all of us are that intelligent, they're running around blowing each other up because god told them it was a good idea. (RIP George Carlin 1937-2008)

    -- Posted by phillydrifter on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 2:05 AM
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