Dan Aykroyd Totally Believes In Aliens

Submitted by: for_serious? 7 years ago in Science

Unfortunately, he believes they think we"re total a-holes. Do you think he makes good points?
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Male 12
slow news day for Larry?
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Male 12,365
There`s another problem too - time dilation. If you have ships flying around at high enough speeds to get anywhere in any sort of sane amount of time, time dilation is going to wreak havoc with any sort of plans. A ship would leave, fly around for a few years and return to find that millenia had passed for their home planet/space station/whatever.

A completely different approach would be needed, one that in some way takes the ship out of what we think of as reality and sticks in back in again somewhere else.
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Male 2,868
Well, at least he doesn`t believe that all his problems are caused by the ghosts of aliens attaching themselves to him.
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Male 10,338
Way to bring the funny Davymid.

I can`t think of anyone who doesn`t believe climate change is happening.
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Male 294
What information we DO have certainly points to a high probability that life has the potential to exist.

That said, IF alien sentience DOES exist, we still haven`t seen anything in science that would let them get here in a reasonable time. Most stars are at least a thousand light years away. As long as the speed of light is a limiter, nobody is going anywhere.

There`s another problem too, any speed more than 1/10th the speed of light will be constantly colliding with itty bitty bits of things that won`t be going nearly as fast.

So the energy of something the size of a penny that collides with something going very fast is ENORMOUS. You`re an instant fireball.

Even though space is sparse, I wouldn`t be surprised if the surrounding medium acts like a liquid at those speeds, that means a large energy expenditure to overcome the effects of friction and you`d likely have to carry your own fuel...

Not worth it to probe someone`s anus and t
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Male 1,596
the entertainment filter, whatta device?!

on the more crazy tune train. yeah aliens exist, they all look like jesus and have dicks that resemble muhammed.
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Male 12,365
[quote]That being said, I think it would be horribly ignorant and and foolish of humans to think they may be the only intelligent/sentient life in the universe.[/quote]

I disagree. We have almost no information to go on, so it is not "horribly ignorant and foolish" to consider the possibility of a situation that isnt`t impossible and cannot be ruled out.

[quote]upon the billions of stars in the billions of galaxies in only the known, visible universe exist an infinite number of possibilities.[/quote]

Wrong. A very large number, but not infinity. Even an infinite universe doesn`t guarantee an infinite number of possibilities (because the range of possibilities might be constrained by natural laws that apply to all of it).

I think there probably is intelligent life elsewhere, but to state it as a certainty is a matter of faith.
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Male 12,365
MattPrince:

Good point about using self-replicating robot probes. I hadn`t thought of that. Back it up with ships and crews to investigate any system a probe flags as being interesting and a quick rough survey could be done far more quickly than I had thought.
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Male 5,624
"...and how much we have progressed in just 1000 years..."
"...we should be the hyper intelligent race that invades other planets..."
There is not enough information to form a strong estimation but, the probability of this is far from 0.

"No aliens smart enough to come here would be stupid enough to come here."
This is closer to my own opinion. I think a race that has climbed high enough to traverse the void as if making a trek to Antarctica would see us as developing wildlife. That also means I think the probability of Mr. Hawking or Rod Serling ("It`s a cook book!!!") being correct may not be high but, is also not 0.
Really! What ass travels hundreds of light years across the void only to be shot down and have his ship dissected by Skunk Works?

"We`re getting close to the point of self replicating machinery..."
And closer to transforming our planet into a world of goo. This is dangerous and scares
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Female 1,682
I do think alien life forms exist in the universe (it would be stupid to think they don`t) However, on the subject of them actually visiting here? I am not sure that is true. Also, this guy seriously has some problems <_<
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Male 490
i think we should be the hyper intelligent race that invades other planets.
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Male 1,222
Plastic! theyre waiting for us to make plastic!
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Male 663
They are coming and abducting people and we do not know about it because they do not want to have anything to do with us??????


Dude had his cone on to tight.
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Male 477
No aliens smart enough to come here would be stupid enough to come here.

That being said, I think it would be horribly ignorant and and foolish of humans to think they may be the only intelligent/sentient life in the universe. upon the billions of stars in the billions of galaxies in only the known, visible universe exist an infinite number of possibilities. To think that our tiny spec of dust in the vast cosmos is alone special enough sustain life is mindblowingly arrogant.
Also, if they DID come here, it would probably not be a pretty sight. I`m siding with Stephen Hawking on that one.
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Male 40,326
They don`t come to visit us because those rings around Saturn stand for : "Danger Humans!"
(I know, it`s just a big sign in the short story, lolz!)
I`d think that any advanced species would be MOST concerned with longevity. If they live for 1000s of years, they`ll just wait for us to... do whatever it is they`re waiting for.
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Male 734
Of course he believes in aliens... he`s being interviewed by one!
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Male 350
WAIT A MINUTE THERE. Dan Aykroyd? THIS is Dan Aykroyd??? WTF happened to his face since I last saw him in 1983`s Trading Places?? I know, it`s been a long time, but I can`t recognize him o.O
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Female 4,039
I don`t know whether I believe in aliens or not. What I do know is Larry King never lets anyone finish a sentence.
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Male 496
@Angilion

Mate I wasn`t saying you were wrong, or incorrect, or anything like that, I was clarifying your point more than anything else. They probably can do that, like I said there is no telling what they can do. They could even have developed tools specifically for the discovery and surveyal of "intelligent" planets.
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Male 2,220
Davymid - good point - we probably aught to put our house in order before worrying about the rest of the universe.

If there is intelligent life out there watching us - then there is probably an anti-matter bug spray coming our way soon as we show signs of leaving our own backyard.
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Male 2,220
Angillion. If you want to search something vast - you use a vast array of searchers. We`re getting close to the point of self replicating machinery, a more advanced tech should have it down pat. You send out a self replicating search probe that (for example) takes a day to knock out a replica of itself, warps to the next galaxy and does its day of searching before repeating the cycle. Now you`re down to < 30 days.

Of course that`s just our solar system and that damned constant c rears its ugly head with the probability that life exists beyond our observable universe (i.e. particle or event horizon and now I`m getting out of my depth)
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Male 12,138
"Really? Interesting. Assume they haven`t yet discovered advanced climatic science then?"

"No sir, apparently they`re pretty advanced, for their age. Scientific Process is well established. Seems like 98% of their professional climatologists who are claiming that the planet is heading for a global warming disaster are being ignored in favour of political hacks and right-wing media"

"Really?"

"Yep. Data shows their polar ice-caps are f*cked, sir."

"Damn, that`s disappointing. Alright, thanks for the update, keep searching. There must be intelligent life here SOMEWHERE"
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Male 12,138
"Hey, Zarqon, come look at this. Sensors are picking up advanced lifeforms on the third planet of the Sol system!"

"Heeeey, you`re right! Pick up their media, what`s the analysis?"

"Umm, post-industrial, some space technology. Still in Carbon Age. But wait, there`s a large amount of chatter on their radiowaves of how their atmosphere isn`t being screwed by pumping 28 billion tonnes of CO2 into their atmosphere every year... sounds like they`re blaming it on their star, or ignoring it completely."
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Female 2,927
well dang can you blame them? im and earthling human and i think were a-holes
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Female 1,386
IF there were an alien race out there watching us, I would have to think they`re willing to be patient and are just waiting to see what we do.
Think of the human race in general, and how much we have progressed in just 1000 years (which is faster than the blink of an eye if you`re looking at the rate in which creatures naturally evolve.)
Surely if they came all the way over to Earth to check us out, they realize we`re at a very pivotal point in our time and we`re not done yet. Either we find balance (with our resources, our eco-system, and our own human nature) or we don`t.
In otherwords, they could be waiting for us to get our act together before inviting us to the party, or waiting for us to mess up so bad that they can just waltz right in without a hassle, do some damage control and get a nice free planet.
Either way, we`re just not quite ripe yet, I think.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Ang, your projection requires that they actively be searching for signs of intelligent life in particular.[/quote]

Yes, because I was looking at a best case scenario for them finding us. If they aren`t actively searching, the chances of them finding us are even less.

[quote]So, someone could come by looking for a way station with water and accidentally find a developing industrial age civilization still exploring it`s own system using simple radio probes.[/quote]

Might, yes.

I wouldn`t rule out other circumstances. We don`t know what is essential for life. Life like us, yes, but are those things essential for all life? Even on Earth there is life in very different circumstances (extremophiles).
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Male 12,365
MildCorma:

I explicitly stated that the hypothetical people in my best case scenario could travel instantaneously between star systems. How much more advanced could their travel be?
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Male 9
He learned all this while preparing for his role in Coneheads
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Male 891
wow. what a slightly misleading title.

Title: Dan Aykroyd believes in aliens... great. so do i. and so do plenty of other people. he`s not a moron for believing that.

after watching: Dan Aykroyd believes aliens have visited earth and abducted humans and want nothing to do with us... )-| not so much.
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Male 7,813
so do i, its rediculous to believe there is not a more advanced species in the universe somewhere.
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Male 5,624
Ang, your projection requires that they actively be searching for signs of intelligent life in particular.

I personally don`t think one has to seek emission. Star size, composition, and local radiation levels will help eliminate many dead ends.
From that perspective, Sol is relatively young, has it`s particular composition and is in the sticks.

So, someone could come by looking for a way station with water and accidentally find a developing industrial age civilization still exploring it`s own system using simple radio probes.

"Next bill for discussion in [The Milky Way] Galactic Congress: The newly discovered [Sol System] to be named a wildlife protectorate. Travelers warned not to trespass under penalty of death."
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Male 39,572
I think he and Belushi did too many drugs
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Male 496
@ Angilion

You are correct, but we are also talking about civilizations that are potentially millions of years more advanced than ours. We have no way of knowing what kind of technological advancements will occur over the next 10-20 years. Even 50 years is so far away, we can only make educated guesses at the rate technology and science are improving. 100 years ago, we had the horse and carriage as the main form of transportation. 100 years! thats nothing, and here we are talking about a race that might be millions of years ahead of us... we can`t say what`s within the realms of possibility because we just don`t know. From our perspective, right now, as our tech stands, it would take that long to travel the galaxy. For a civilization millions of years more advanced than us, it could be like nipping to the shops. We can`t solely make assumptions based on what we -do- know, we must try and comprehend the vastness of what we do not.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Odds are life thrives wherever it does but life so advanced to breach the vastness of space are far fewer. If some life form held that technology would they choose Earth as their destination?[/quote]

They might do so (but see the caveat below). If intelligent life is extremely uncommon, any example of it would be interesting.

Here`s the caveat: How would they find us? There are emissions from Earth that would indicate a certain level of technology but on a galactic scale they are so faint they barely exist and cover a volume so small it`s hardly there.

A survey of this galaxy so brief that only one day is used per solar system would require 273,972,602 ship-years to complete, even if the ships could travel instantaneously from one system to another. The chance of a ship happening to pass near enough to Earth recently enough to detect the faint emissions is miniscule even if they have a huge fleet.
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Male 8,302
They think we`re total a-holes? So they`ve actually met Dan then?
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Female 258
Who you gunna call?
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Female 547
Comedic genius.
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Male 1,442
Oooo... so people texting while driving is why aliens don`t want to talk to us? Dam why didn`t I relise this earlyer!
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Male 877
1/ the idea that ailens want nothing to do with us is a ridiculous notion, since there is no proof they exsist in the first place...

2/ the idea that ailens want nothing to do with us because of the world trade centre attact is probably without doubt the most concieted statement ive heard all year...6 billion humans on the planet tday...humans have been here for over a hundred
thousand years and he thinks the U.S. is the moral benchmark for mankind to have offended these beings...i ask you??? please!!!...

you sir are deluded..get back in your box!!!

PS, big fan of the bluesbrothers...
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Male 7,378
Odds are life thrives wherever it does but life so advanced to breach the vastness of space are far fewer. If some life form held that technology would they choose Earth as their destination?
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Male 317
There are over 100 BILLION stars in our galaxy, and there are over 100 BILLION galaxies in the universe. When you look at those numbers, odd are pretty good there is another planet that is roughly the same size and distance from a star as the Earth is. And considering scientists have debatable evidence for life on Mars (the second closest planet to Earth) the odds just got a lot better.
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Male 1,403
Wuuuuuut
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Male 2,440
WTF was Dan Aykroyd talking about?
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Male 4
LOL, serious topic with a hilarious spin!!! Well done!!
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Female 354
Honestly, I sort of agree with him. I think there may be life in other places, but who knows what they`re like, you know?

Maybe they`re blending into our world right now and we don`t even realize it.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Any civilization capable of reaching... [/quote]
An interesting idea, but you have yet to prove that they exist in the first place.
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Male 712
This isn`t news, really. If you`ve followed Dan Aykroyd for any number of years, this little factoid would have come up at least once or twice.

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Male 60
Any civilization capable of reaching us from where ever they are is light years ahead of us technology wise. The universe is approximately 13-14 billion years old. Our sun only about 5 billion. That means there exists the possibility that alien civilizations are at least a few billion years older than us. The kind of technology they have makes the space shuttle look like an amoeba. To them we are little more than a curious virus (if that) and perhaps a mirror into how they developed and that is all. Do they want our resources? Doubtful. They possibly have the tech to find myriad uninhabited worlds from which to mine. Do they want to conquer us? Doubtful again. If they are that advanced they have long since moved past the conquering mentality. What do they want? For us to evolve far enough so that we aren`t a threat to the their universe. And make no mistake, it is their universe. They have been zooming around the cosmos since before the first human stood upright.
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Male 1,297
seen him dance in the blues brothers? it explains all this and more..
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Male 3,327
At least he believes that they are here now, and not that they came to this planet some 75 million years ago and seeded the human race like some wacos (Tom Cruise) believe.
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Male 731
I agree with him that they exist and that we need not worry about them.

But I think they`re likely afraid of our blithering stupidity. We are constantly killing and generally injuring others and ourselves, we tend to make every creature around us extinct, we make a mess of our lands, and we tend to throw explosives at anything that scares us (which is almost anything different).

If I were an alien, I`d stay as far away from Earth as possible.
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Male 99
I loved the Blues Brothers!
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Male 10,440
Dr. LazyMe prescribes duck-tape. It will cure your chronic vocalized dumbassedness
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Male 372
Yeaaahhh... He also produces crystal head vodka. Think he`s big into the whole annunaki alien kickstarted civilization stuff.. Oh well, at least he`s not suggesting some galactic overlord threw frozen aliens into a volcano and trapped their souls on earth like some celebs : \
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Male 10,338
@fiizok:

Youtube Jon Voight Washington speech and be amazed.
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Male 10,338
He just said he looks at this through the entertainment filter, sooooo.....
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Male 3,819
...wut?
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Male 591
Look at that, everybody! It`s a celebrity with an unpopular opinion! That`s certainly something we`ve never seen before and will never see again.
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Male 762
I know it is probably moot in comparison to all the crazy poo he just rattled off, but it just shows how not only human-centric he is being but ethnocentric as well. Like September 11th was the culmination of human destruction. How would that appear any different than normal building demolition to an uninformed observer (or even informed observers?) That was the greatest horror he could come up with? There have been no mass genocides, bombings or other destruction that comes to mind? How about the bombing of Dresden? Or that atrocities the human race has committed on other species, those would been seen as rather catastrophic. I just think it is incredibly small minded and self (American) centered to think of 9-11 as the WORST THING EVER! Oh yeah, and hes bat poo crazy!
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Male 25,417
It was amusing!
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Male 762

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Female 1,403
Link: Dan Aykroyd Totally Believes In Aliens [Rate Link] - Unfortunately, he believes they think we`re total a-holes. Do you think he makes good points?
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