Aliens: Are We Looking in the Wrong Place?

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+8 1. ComentAtor commented 8 years ago

there is still a significant probability that we are the bigger "aliens" :)
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+10 2. Thanny commented 8 years ago

This is a really good example of an extraordinarily bad use of statistics.

Not one of the "we should expect" statements in this video is rational. We should expect none of them. They all completely ignore what it means to be an intelligent technological species.
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+3 3. Pyranthos commented 8 years ago

I guess this is feasible, as long as the rest of the universe adheres to our understanding of statistics. In reality though, its nothing more than an educated guess based on variables we are aware of, excluding those we aren't, such as, idk, a species that shares energy, the bigger the population, the less the individuals need to eat for sustenance. That sounds pretty alien right? We are trying to equate the probability of 'alien' life on other planets, and what those planets may look like, but I feel we simply don't have enough information to pretend our statistics apply universally. Maybe they're not carbon based, Maybe they don't breathe and thus thrive without an atmosphere. Maybe the planet is a solitary life form, in some part of the universe. It could be 1000x bigger than us for all we know.

Yes, i know, im being kind of absurd, but imo, so is the presumption that we can do more than guess based on our understanding of things. Still though, interesting video, and i certainly wouldn't EXCLUDE those seemingly likely factors, but i wouldn't only look at planets that meet that criteria by any means

(Hmm, maybe i should of refreshed before i posted, as it seems i wasnt the only one put off by the presumption, lol)
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+1 4. Gringo_el_Diablo commented 8 years ago

Well since Earth is an Alien planet his guesses may not be that far off. Have we come in contact with aliens? Well if you have friends that you talk to then yes. The unique thing about this planet is that we're actually 2 planets living under the same roof called Earth. Maybe it was an "ET plan Planet" but I'm defintly not saying it's Aliens...but it's Aliens :)
Btw if you thought a forgien language was hard to understand wait until you hear an Alien language. They talk faster than someone speaking Spanish!
Oh and reptiles wanna take over the Earth but they have short aligator arms so good luck with that. The Blues are my homeboys. YOU'RE MY BOY BLUE!!! <3
Also Earth invented dubstep and nobody else cause we know how to drop hardcore beats. :squirrel:
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+1 5. huldu commented 8 years ago

At this point it doesn't matter what you say, it's probably going to be right at some point. As for how life would appear on another planet, that's a more scary thought. You don't even have to leave the planet to see some bizarre creatures. They say humans have only explored about 5% of the ocean - this is on the planet we're living on.

To the point of intelligent life, humans really like to take the high horse when comparing to other species. We've been around for a few hundred of thousands of years. That to me does not seem very impressive at all. One can imagine that an "intelligent" life form that has been around for millions or even billions of years would be on a completely different scale - especially if they were intelligent.

I'm far more curious at how another life form would look on another planet.
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+1 6. Baliverne commented 8 years ago

Zipf law basically
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-1 7. captain_obvious commented 8 years ago

to much if, if, if.