Where Are They?

by alphamonkey on May 1, 2008 · 3 comments

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Morbo!Technology Review has a fascinating* article detailing the search for extraterrestrial life (and the innumerable barriers the Universe has set against the same).

Read: Where Are They?

Man, we’ll never get a news monster now.

*So much so that this post is 8 minutes late because of it.

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  • Gorlog

    There is much sadness for although I understand the probability of extra planetary life is low and if it does exist the issues with technology and relative evolutionary advancement make it darn near impossible for effective communication. Not to mention the act of finding that other form of life is also neigh impossible… but I do like to dream. Please don’t take my dreams away.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I don’t buy that the probability is low. We just don’t understand enough of the universe to make that kind of assessment with any certainty. I’m not shocked we haven’t encountered life though, being as we’re kinda in the armpit of the galaxy so to speak.

    I will have a news monster. I WILL.

  • Gorlog

    I’m not saying there isn’t life on another planet, because with nearly a trillion other planets statistically there must be something. But then there is the question of evolutionary development. I mean we as homo… have been around for about 100,000 years. We are at the end of the spiral arm of this galaxy thus making us pretty much a young planet.

    If another planet has intelligent life (which I hope there is) the odds of communicating and finding one another with the distances we are talking about and the shear number of planets… ARggg it just boggles the mind.

    Don’t get me wrong… I read stuff by SETI all the time. I just think the odds of intelligent life, that we can find and we can then communicate with in any form of productive way is exceedingly low.

    That being said, I hope we find life tomorrow.

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