Saturday, June 28, 2014

No, Billy Bob, You Probably Didn't get Abducted by Aliens

I admit I was unaware that there is a dichotomy of opinion on intelligent alien life between astronomers and biologists. My degree is in biology but I also love astronomy. I have always been suspicious of the statistical claims made by the astronomers, that because of the sheer number of stars there MUST be intelligent life somewhere else. And I agree that it is likely that some kind of sentient, intelligent beings probably do exist somewhere else. But I don't think the galaxy is full of them. I think that, because of the reasons outlined here, intelligent life is fairly rare, if not unique. Without empirical evidence one way or other, it goes to speculation.

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