Again, it's fascinating stuff, but leaping to conclusions like "we're not alone" just because there are a bunch of planets with water is unscientific.
Something is seriously fishy about the OP's article. At first I thought it was great, but if this news were true it would be one of the biggest scientific discoveries of our century but so far the only sources I've found to covering it are the Toronto Sun, and Fox news....
Ever have to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Scales in the grass but the scales don't move right?
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The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Not to take the wind out of your sails, I mean I love science fiction too, but there is a difference between science and speculation.
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There is probably, definitely, other life out there, but whether or not we are capable of interacting with it is another story. Life may be very common. As for the question of sapience... I think it is difficult to know because we have no real reference for sapience. Are we really that smart? Or are we super smart?
One dot (us) does not form a pattern, nor would two dots. We would need many to establish what sapience even means.
You say that we have no real reference for sapience, but we also have no real reference for abiogenesis, that is a more pressing problem. Before we worry about how smart all those aliens we're presupposing might be, we have to worry about whether or not it is even possible that they exist.
I find it highly unlikely that we would be the only life in the universe.