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Debate Score:28
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Do you believe there is other intelligent life in our universe?

Are we alone?

And yes, I am assuming humans are a form of intelliegtn life (a premise I sometimes doubt).

 

--Apollo

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Probably. It's a big universe. Probably not close by, not within reach. That would be unlikely.

Side: yes
4 points

of course there is. to think that narrow minded that you think that we are alone is insane. there are over 1000000000000000 galaxy in the universe and so believe that not one of there would have some sort of intelligent life on them is absurd.

Side: yes
1 point

It would be unreasonable to think that there is no life other than our's in the entire creation. Besides there are arguments of so many sorts that haven't been solved. It's more likely to have something bizarre than imagination.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, it's pretty obvious if you think about it because THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "Oh hey guys! I found the end to the Universe! It's a Black Wall! :D" <----- That is Impossible. We are Not in a BOX. There is 100% chance that if we "living things" were made then there should at least be something out there. I don't have evidence, but I'm pretty sure the Universe is ENDLESS because we don't live in a black box.

Side: yes
Conro(767) Disputed
1 point

This is largely irrelevant. The size of the universe doesn't matter, it's what the universe is composed of. That is, the universe may be "infinite" in some senses of the word, but the universe's matter and energy are certainly finite. That said, there is so much out there, so many billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars, with potentially planets orbiting some of them, such that the conditions may be right for Earth-like life to form. Whether or not we would be able to contact or interact with the other forms of life is another matter, considering the vast astronomical distances involved.

However, there is an interesting hypothesis out there. Considering the amount of places in the universe where life is possible, some scientists worry about the fact that we have not detected any kind of signals from other planets considering how hard we "listen" to the stars for signs. They believe this implies that while it is not improbable for various alien species to evolve to intelligence, there is one of two things happening in the stages of their advancement: 1) there is an "aggression barrier" such that the race destroys itself before it reaches such advancement as to venture out into the ether or 2) there is a "technological barrier" such that no technology can sufficiently be developed such that the race can venture into space, so the race lives in relative solitude without being able to contact/be contacted by other races (who have presumably reached this technological barrier).

Fermi paradox (start at 6:38)
Side: yes
1 point

There are billions of galaxies in the universe all of which hold hundreds of billions of solar systems, I'm sure that there are numerous planets in our universe which hold life, however i think its unlikely that we will ever make contact unless we really upgrade our engine speed

Side: yes

In our universe. Yes. It is ever expanding anyway, it would be boring without new critters.

Side: yes
1 point

I agree, Because i think it can't be only us in this enormous universe it has to be life out there .

Side: yes
1 point

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson put it in a rather interesting way (though in more accurate words than me): The most commonly found elements in the universe are exactly the ones we are made of. This means, it's so very easy for it to happen. And even if it was rare, in a space so huge as the universe is, rare things happen constantly somewhere, but since it's so easy to happen, most likely it does.

From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ - The Poetry of Science (somewhere in the video, can't remember where :S).

Side: yes
1 point

of course there is other life. there are billions and billions of stars that have planets revolving around them there must be. statistically one out of every 12 planets has life. so...yeah

Side: yes
1 point

statistically it is almost certain. There is no definitive position but based on the amount of space, numbers of galaxies and the numbers of stars in each galaxy and the fequency of planets orbiting those stars - its pretty much a given.

Side: Yes
1 point

Statistically it is almost a certainty. Billions of galaxies, with billions of stars in each, with planets around nearly all of them - the probability approaches 100%.

Side: Yes
Nick91983(269) Clarified
1 point

oops, i thought this was a different debate sorry for posting twice

Side: Yes
1 point

In the US htere are alot of sightings and one time in california we started shooting at the objects and they were so much faster then our bullets travling at 190 feet per second.

Side: Yes

"Are we alone?"

There's considerable possibility of life existing somewhere out there, of course. The requirements to birth our kind are met already in some of the planets we've found.

Which is not to say that ETs are hiding in our neighbourhoods. Galaxies are so far apart (and getting further) that I don't think we'll ever get to see, let alone meet, any. So for now, it doesn't really matter, does it?

Side: No
Skaruts(195) Disputed
1 point

It still doesn't seem you're sitting in the right side of the arguments... Well, you're sitting in the right side, but not in the right side, considering what you seem to believe, which is the left side. :)

Although, I think it matters. It's true what you say that it's all too big to see, like the needle in the hay stack, but remember two things: Life doesn't imply inteligent life, and life doesn't imply it has to be in the same environment conditions as our own. There are living beings (bacteria and stuff like that) living in very deep and hazardous places in the oceans, where the pressure doesn't allow the water to boil, but the temperatures reach 300 ÂșC, which would perfectly fry anyone of us humans.

Findings such as that one have broaden the search for life in other planets to more than just the "adequately conditioned planets".

But also, we can see very very far into the universe with nowadays equipment. The furthest edge we can see is around 14 billion light years away, so say the experts if I don't mistake it (forgive me if I do), and that's pretty damn far...

Side: yes
saprophetic(390) Disputed
1 point

The possibility of being able to communicate with other life would vastly increase if they were similar to us, coming from similar conditions. There's not a lot of use speculating in life on other dimensions that we would never be able to see, which is why I included that.

My point is not that 'there are no aliens', but that though it would be naive to think there was no chance for other life in the universe, the reality is the possibility that there are aliens that we are and will be capable of viewing, meeting etc. is extremely low.

Yes, we can see billions of light years away, but so far we have not encountered anything we would deem living. And indeed, life could have sprung up since then (we see the planets as they were from those many years away), but it would still be a very long time for light to catch up to us.

Side: No
vandebater(444) Disputed
1 point

it matters. our planet is young compared to others. if there is intelligent life it is probably millions of years older than us, much more advanced, and millions of years more of using resources means they may be close to running out(depending on planet and maybe recycling technologies). if they need resources they will look for them, if they are more advanced than us getting to our galaxy will not be a problem. also if they are more advanced than us, our resources will be easy pickings, making us a first option for invasion. It really really matters.

Side: yes

I have my doubts. Aliens would have introduced themselves to us by now.

Side: No