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100 Billion Planets? Seems We`re Not Alone

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100 Billion Planets? Seems We`re Not Alone
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Studies reveal potential for 100 Billion planets, in our galaxy alone.
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Hits: 7820 | Favorites: 2 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 2.6 | Category: Science | Date: 01/15/2012
 
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PhotoKing
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 523 Posts
Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:55:45 AM
and the christian church will claim all of them theirs...

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 12072 Posts
Monday, January 16, 2012 9:21:19 PM
No, it isn't. You`re talking about a stable wormhole, since you go on to talk about communication and transportation through the wormhole. That would require magic unobtanium. Or Bajor`s gods, obviously.

And who`s to say we wouldn`t be able to stablise wormholes, whatever that means. Who would have thought of plastics in the 1850`s? I think it`s entirely possible.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11339 Posts
Monday, January 16, 2012 4:44:39 PM
You're sure about that? Can you tell me which planet has intelligent life on it?


Earth.

Oh sure, you could decide to define "intelligent" as meaning "more intelligent than humans", but why? You could also decide that "intelligent life" is a completely meaningless phrase, since it has no definition. If you set the definition low enough, all life is intelligent. If you set it high enough, none is.

Samsquanch
Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Monday, January 16, 2012 9:38:59 AM
How many intelligent civilizations in the galaxy right now?


The only known answer is "at least 1".



You're sure about that? Can you tell me which planet has intelligent life on it? The only planet that I know of that has life on it, does have a species of highly evolved primates who have just figured out for the most part how not to throw poo at each other...again, for the most part...there are still a number of the species who still throw literal and figurative poo at each other.

Samsquanch
Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Monday, January 16, 2012 9:36:55 AM
Zed...again, those results are just based off speculation, and calculations based off of what *we* understand. Infrared light from some kind of stellar anomaly was detected around those stars. Our understanding of astrophysics suggest that these light anomalies are directly connected to planetary objects, given the observation of our own planetary system, so the probability of those being planets are extremely high.
However...there is still a probability that we're observing some phenomena that we haven`t discovered yet that could produce the same results...not likely, but in the realm of probability.
So, until we send a probe to those candidate stars, and return standard res images of those anomalies, all we can do is still just speculate.

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