Do you think there is life out there?

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Do you think there is intelligent life outside of our world?
Nope, Just Chuck Testa.
If our universe is infinite in size, then it is impossible that we are alone. However, it is still possible that other life is outside of the observable universe.

If our universe is finite, we could very likely be alone aside from some simple bacteria.

Personally, I like to believe the universe is infinite in size. I can only hope that there's some undiscovered way to get around the observable universe problem.
If our universe is infinite in size, then it is impossible that we are alone

Eh, it is possible. Infinite does not imply all possibilities. For example, the positive integers are infinite yet they do not encompass all the numbers.
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Even a finite universe does not discount extraterrestrial life.
It's absurd to think we are alone in the Universe.

Borrowing from another post I made on these boards:


The universe is freaking big. It's mindblowingly big. Think of the biggest thing you can think of... multiply its size by like a million... and the universe is still way bigger.

- There are 8 planets in our Solar System
- There are ~100-400 billion solar systems in the Milky Way galaxy
- There are over 54 galaxies in our Local Group
- There are 10 Groups in the Virgo Supercluster
- There are millions (~10 million) superclusters in the observable universe.

If our solar system is typical, we can expect there to be 8 * 250billion * 54 * 10 * 10million other planets in the observable universe.

That is... 4.32e19 planets.
That is... 43,200,000,000,000,000,000 planets


And I'm being very generous and rounding down a lot. Seriously, it's huge.

Even if life on planets is extraordinarily rare, it's practically a statistical certainty that at least one other planet out there has life.

For perspective, if odds of there being life on a planet is one million-trillion to 1... then we can expect there to be life on 43 other planets.

And that's just planets. I'm ignoring the possibility of life on moons or other heavenly bodies as well -- and there are even more of those than there are planets.




And this is only the parts of the Universe we're able to see. Who knows how far it goes beyond that.




Of course... even if life exists, it's very possible (and very likely) that we will never see it, as it would simply be way too far away.
To quote my college physics professor:
"The only way someone could convince me there was a God is if they could somehow prove to me that Earth is the only place with life on the universe."

(said after giving a lecture that is well summarized by Disch's post above).
Fermi's paradox and the wow! signal makes me believe that something mysterious is going out there :D
If our universe is infinite in size, then it is impossible that we are alone.
Eh, it is possible. Infinite does not imply all possibilities.

Infinite does sort of imply all possibilities because when something is infinite it means there are infinite possibilities. Yeah, i'll go back to bed...
Infinite does sort of imply all possibilities


It doesn't imply all possibilities at all.

Fermi's paradox


An assumption about what other species should be doing, based upon what we think our species (given technologies we are not sure can yet be created) should be doing in the future, all with the assumption there is another intelligent race in our own galaxy.

Fermi's paradox, is not much of a paradox.
Just to make it clear: I agree that I misspoke. Infinite does not imply all possibilities. However, I like to believe that the universe does have all possibilities allowable by physics, even if there was no way to know.
but it is named paradox which is a paradox :D
One of my favorite answers to the fermi paradox is the notion of the great evolutionary filter.
It doesn't imply all possibilities at all.

Infinite is never ending> never ending possibilities>All (and growing) possibilities.




lol
The set of real numbers is infinite. The set of integers is infinite. All integers are real numbers. Not all real numbers are integers.

To add to the confusion, the set of all positive integers has the same size as the set of all integers. Infinity is a broken concept.
Within the extended complex plane, the eqaution ∞ = 1/0 is totes legit.
Division by 0 yields everything, not just 'infinity'.
i'd like to think that we got two possibilities only :D, it's either we are alone or not at a ratio of 50:50 but personally after watching some documentaries on youtube i have the conviction that conditions out there are way to harsh from exploding supernovas , excessive radiation emissions , massive black holes that eat up everything they come across and it would be hard to find anything that could survive that, i think there is not even a bacteria out there or some small insects like alien chameleons and lizards and if they exist they would be super mutated.
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i have the conviction that conditions out there


We are also 'out there'. So far have found over 1000 exoplanets in our short-lived and narrow search for them, some of which may have Earth-like conditions (i.e. Be habitable by a type or types of life we have already observed).

I think your views of the universe outside of the solar system have been rather skewed by sci-fi and/or inaccurate or exaggerated media. Supernovas are extremely rare, massive black holes are often dormant... The by far most common types of stars live a longer, more stable life than our own sun and finish it rather meekly (as 'star deaths' go) too. The universe is in many places, a rather static place, even over rather large timescales.
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