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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDude86 View Post
    If we could only find a way to create a space barge that could sustain life, then a couple (hundred) generations down the line, someone will get there.
    You're thinking space travel will be simply point A to point B and that time, space, and gravity are constant everywhere. Not necessarily so.

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Given the size of the universe, there is no way complex life forms do not exist elsewhere.
    Huh?

    This is like saying that nothing can be unique, even individuals. We have no way at all of predicting the likelihood. And one expects that the occurrence of super-complex forms such as ourselves would be far less likley.

    The fact is that organic life could quite easily be a phenomenon completely limited to this planet. Myself, I doubt there is anything remotely like us anywhere else in Eš
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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Actually, I CAN make such a statement:

    Given the size of the universe, there is no way complex life forms do not exist elsewhere.

    See?

    Of course, I understand that my statement does not constitute proof of anything, but it is still logical, and mathematically very plausible.
    Wow. Proved me wrong, look how you just typed that right up, when I though it was physically impossible!

    Anyway, I can play that game, too. The statement is illogical as it deals in an absolute (the certainty of ET) based on an unknown (the size of the universe). However, the observable universe is finite and becoming more and more 'known.' This is how [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Drake"]Drake[/ame] came up with his [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation"]equation[/ame]. The most pessimistic figures entered into that equation produce a very lonely result, and the equation excludes all unknown variables.

    Again, the search for life is not a science, it is only speculation with a massive budget.

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Considering that a planet with water and possibly extremophile life, my dreams of living the cantina scene in Star Wars is one step closer to fruition
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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    It says 'life as we know it'. Life has a way of adapting. And how can a planet that hot be covered in water?

    My question is, how do we get there?
    Obama/Pelosi/Gore will undoubtedly find a way.

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Huh?

    This is like saying that nothing can unique, even individuals. We have no way at all of predicting the likelihood. And one expects that the occurrence of super-complex forms such as ourselves would be far less likley.

    The fact is that organic life could quite easily be a phenomenon completely limited to this planet. Myself, I doubt there is anything remotely like us anywhere else in Eš
    So you don't think much of the Drake Equation?

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    You're thinking space travel will be simply point A to point B and that time, space, and gravity are constant everywhere. Not necessarily so.
    All we really need is a well placed hole in the bend of space, to pit it simply...

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Huh?

    This is like saying that nothing can unique, even individuals. We have no way at all of predicting the likelihood. And one expects that the occurrence of super-complex forms such as ourselves would be far less likley.

    The fact is that organic life could quite easily be a phenomenon completely limited to this planet. Myself, I doubt there is anything remotely like us anywhere else in Eš
    Our ignorance of the true nature of the universe is the problem. Life very well may be very, very common. On the other hand, there is a good chance that we are alone OR that the age of the universe prevents any two living civilizations from contacting each other.

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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Considering that a planet with water and possibly extremophile life, my dreams of living the cantina scene in Star Wars is one step closer to fruition
    I can save you the price of passage on a starship. Just visit Copenhagen this week to enjoy a Star Wars Cantina experience.
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    Re: Scientists discover Earth-like, water-rich planet: study

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    So you don't think much of the Drake Equation?
    Nope. It's just speculation on a topic about which we know next to nothing.
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