DailyDirt: We Should Have Written Down ET's Phone Number…

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The search for extraterrestrial life has been going on for ages, but we still haven’t found much convincing evidence that life on other objects in space exists. There’s at least one bold prediction that we’ll find signs of intelligent life in outer space within the next 25 years, but that’s not a bet too many scientists would likely make. Here are just a few more links on the search for ET — for those bored with the lifeforms on this planet.

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Alien Rebel (profile) says:

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So in other words, stay sober?
No disrespect to Mr. Clarke, but if I was forced to conclude that humans are alone and the only intelligent life in the whole wide universe, I’d be drinking like you wouldn’t believe. You mean, this is it? This planet of idiots??? F@#* me, sober has just been removed from my vocabulary.

But thank the Great Kazoo life’s about as common as dirt.

Alien Rebel (profile) says:

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“that is not actually the meaning of the word ‘sobering’ in a context like this.”

Those damned Chinese, forcing everyone to be entirely, seriously literal with their new laws banning puns and distortions of language. Damn, but that spread fast.

O.K., this time without jokes or reference to alcohol: if I were to learn that humans are alone in the universe, that this is not the magical and purposeful place created by the hand of the Great Kazoo; that humans, the creators of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo’ are in fact the supreme beings in all of existence, I’d have a really hard time taking much of anything seriously.

Andrew Norton (profile) says:

The issue is that aliens are unlikely to use EM for extra-solar communication. It’s too easily blocked by anything.
Neutrinos are the answer. not really stopped by anything, and you need a substantial tech base to be able to detect them which makes you a more viable candidate for first contact.

[plug starting] and if you want to help us get to that point, you could take part in the only 2nd generation (evolutionary algorithm, rather than brute force) distributed computing program out there – Muon1, working on designing the best and most efficient neutrino generating accelerator with the RAL and Brookhaven National Labs.

Anonymous Coward says:

Out of about 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, a couple astrophysicists estimate that only 10% are able to support complex life

It takes over 200 million years for our solar system to orbit our galaxy. Just as our planet has it’s own climate, so does our solar system and even our galaxy. We know very little about our own climate (on a geological scale) and even less about the climate of solar system and only a sliver (less than a blink of an eye) of our galaxy’s climate.

In other words, we don’t have the empirical evidence (time spent observing habitable zones) nor the technology to make such estimates…yet.

But I suppose it’s fun to make guesses!

Anonymous Coward says:

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The 200 million year solar orbital hypothesis is just that. Trying to measure the rotational velocity of the stars is like trying to measure the velocity of an atom within an ocean of waves. There’s no definitive answer to how long it takes for our solar system to make full rotation nor do we know when we’ll pass through the next densely populated tendril of our ‘spiral galaxy.’

Anonymous Coward says:

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“we don’t have the empirical evidence”

We have empirical evidence that the conditions in many galaxies are very detrimental to life as we know it. We have empirical evidence that some galaxies are very similar to our own. Do some research, there is an abundance of data for your perusal.

“to make such estimates”

What do you think an estimate is?

“But I suppose it’s fun to make guesses”

This is what humans do. The professional guessers are called scientists.

Not sure what your point is here but it may be worth pointing out that life on this planet has survived many orbits of this galaxy. The universe is full of very violent events, nowhere is safe, and yet life exists – go figure.

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