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Aliens?

Contemplating my perceptions of aliens, I always figured they are a figment of the imagination and it is impossible of something like ET to exist. Flipping through the science section of the NY Times, altered my assumption that aliens could potentially exist and people are very adamant in finding out. I came across this article called In Search of Life, Researchers Enlist Human Minds [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/science/in-search-for-alien-life-researchers-enlist-human-minds.html?ref=space], demonstrated that researchers have put in a lot of effort to identify evidence that aliens exist out in the universe and have now looked to human volunteers to participate in the research.

I am still perplexed that extraterrestrial investigators exist and believes with all their hearts that aliens exist.  Their research is pretty intense and takes a lot of effort and time commitment. The picture above of the satellites they use to search for life indicates the legitimacy of this research.  The image has me relate to shows like “Lost” and movies like “Signs,” which I believed to be fictional but clearly anything is really possible.  I just wanted another opinion on this rather than my own. Do you guys think aliens actually exist? Or have you known before that people have been researching this?

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  1. March 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I believe that the search for aliens and other extraterrestrial life forms will never be settled. This debate between whether or not there is life on other planets will not be solved until we ultimately reach another planet and investigate or these alien invaders make a public announcement to the human race stating that yes, they are living in another world and are very much alive. Since both of those options do not seem very likely anytime soon, people have to be satisfied with not knowing and either accept strange occurrences that unfold as just strange or due to extraterrestrial actions. Although I do not believe in aliens, I would like to believe that there are other creatures (good) living in the universe that we can someday meet and interact with, but for now I am content with not knowing and just imagining the possibilities. I think the element of the unknown is exciting, and it allows people to interact with their creative side and question the purpose of life and why they were granted life as a human, as opposed to some other creature or “alien”. I am not entirely sure what I believe, but I know I would like to believe that we are not alone and hopefully receive proof one day, even if nobody else believes it.

  2. March 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I like to tell myself that aliens do not exist. How could they? We are a very developed world and have gone on many different missions into space to research and have never come back with any tangible evidence that currently there are aliens that exist. But when I actually think to myself and wonder about what there is beyond our world, I can’t wrap my head around the idea that there is NOTHING else out there. It’s just too unfathomable to believe that there are entire galaxies that do not foster any life. Even more than that, it’s actually a rather frightening thought that beyond our world there is just expansive space everywhere! When I take a step back from the word “space” and actually examine it for what it really means, there is just a ton of SPACE that we know nothing about!! It really just blows my mind.

  3. March 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I think it’s incredibly vain of us as human beings to assume that we alone exist in this universe, and that our planet is the only one capable of fostering life. Of course, it took a series of very specific circumstances to give rise to humanity (and all life forms, for that matter), but who’s to say that any other life form would resemble us or any other species on earth? In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we found something else out there that led us to question our definition of life alone–something that was homeostatic and metabolic, but did not have the capacity to reproduce, for instance, because its planet had the mechanisms to ensure eternal life? Or something without the capacity to hydrogenate carbon dioxide, simply because its atmosphere didn’t contain these compounds?

    Indeed, Adnan R’s post on the Hubble Deep Field (https://uw20sciencemediaandculture.wordpress.com/?s=hubble) should give us pause. I, for one, would be surprised if we reached the capacity to comb every corner of the universe, only to find that nothing out there even begun to resemble life, or at least some definition of it.

  4. xavierholmes
    April 2, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Although the chances of humans finding evidence of extraterrestrials in my life time are extremely slim that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I think that the fact that our planet can support life by itself gives one reason enough to believe that there is life outside our planet. I also don’t believe that it is such a farfetched idea that there are such thing as extra terrestrials because of the immense size of the universe. If you want tangible proof that aliens do exist your probably out of luck but that doesn’t mean you have to completely dismiss the idea. One thing to think about is that the SETI program searches for extraterrestrials based upon radio signals and radio transmissions. With that being said one may pose the question what if we have already searched in an area that did actually contain life but we overlooked it because the intelligent life forms didn’t have the technology that allowed them to emit these signals.

  5. leimaf
    April 23, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I also agree that alien-life forms most likely exist. Perhaps they do not resemble human beings/animals in any way, but I do believe that it is improbable that life is unique to earth. Those who claim otherwise fail to recognize the technology that is prohibiting us from making such discoveries. Such shortcomings are not limited to our search in outer space. Much still remains yet to be discovered here on earth by way of plants, animals, minerals, and geographic locations. Expanding our breadth of understanding does not rest on whether there are still things waiting to be discovered but rather if we have the technology and resources enabling us to know where and how to begin searching.

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