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The search for extraterrestrial life hasn't yielded much evidence that there's anyone else out there. We could be looking in the wrong places or not looking with the right instruments to detect faint signals -- or maybe we're actually alone. But as they say with the lottery, you can't win if you don't play, so we won't find any aliens if we don't continue looking. (Assuming that aliens aren't already on their way to come and get us.) After you've finished checking out those links, if you have some spare change (or more) and would like to support Techdirt, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: aliens, astrobiology, dyson sphere, extraterrestrial life, fermi paradox, goldilocks zone, seti

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    Pat, 22 Apr 2015 @ 6:56am


    It is possible that there are aliens... sure. It is even possible that there are intelligent aliens.

    But if you only take into account the numbers, you're missing a very large part of the facts that we know.

    The Universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old.
    The solar system is 4.6 billion years old.
    Earth is 4.5 billion years ole.
    It too over 300 millions years for life to appear after Earth formed.

    So life on Earth is about 3.8 billion years old.
    It took over 1.7 BILLION years for multi cellular life to emerge, and there's only been "intelligent" life as we know it for 200 thousand years.

    So it's almost certain that life exists somewhere else, but Intelligent life with technology? Yes, it IS entirely possible that we are the first. And if we're not the first, we came and are still so close to annihilating ourselves that it is also possible that emerging intelligence is not sustainable.

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