Question: Do you believe in Aliens and does it require proof for you to believe?
As simply as it's stated. My fellow co-workers and I discussed Alien existence. Do they exist and what drives their beliefs if they do believe in them. If they do not, then why? After asking several people today it's been interesting to see that quite a few people who believe in God do not believe in Aliens; for some reason this seems to go hand in hand which brought up the fact of belief in only what you see or hear while being raised.
If Aliens were brought to your attention all your life then you would believe such as religion is brought to your attention as you were raised. So are the two different or do they coincide with the beliefs of Aliens and God.
I was just curious as to what others believed outside the scope of personal friends.
I believe in god but I also believe in aliens. There are a lot of galaxys out there and millions of planets we havent discovered yet. So I believe its selfish to believe that we are the only life form out there out of those millions of planets. I just dont think we're ever going to discover them unless they travel,to our galaxy.
"a few people who believe in God do not believe in Aliens; for some reason this seems to go hand in hand which brought up the fact of belief in only what you see or hear while being raised."
A *FEW* believing in God but not aliens is NOT A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT TO DECLARE THAT THESE BEHAVIORS ARE INHERENT IN THE POPULATION OF RELIGIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why the $&@! would you believe a few WOULD represent the ENTIRE MILLION+ population?!?!???!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!
In my view, there is a high likelihood that some sort of alien life exists somewhere in the universe. I don't claim to know for certain that they are real, but I think that there is strong evidence that they probably do exist My rationale is the following:
* The fact that we exist here on Earth indicates that it is possible for life to exist on a planet under the appropriate conditions.
* Observational evidence indicates that there are trillions of other star systems in the universe, and some of them probably have conditions very similar to Earth's.
* Therefore, it is highly likely that there exists, somewhere, other planets with conditions that can support life, and life has probably appeared on some of them.
That said, it is also true that while some star systems include Earth-like planets, the vast majority do not, so it's unlikely that life exists on any planets close to Earth. But it's also highly unlikely that there exist no other planets, anywhere, that support life- if it can happen once it can happen again.
As for the questions about God and evidence, I'm not entirely convinced that there is a God, partly because there is no strong evidence that he exists, or any good reason to suggest that he does. However, I think there is enough evidence to conclude that alien life of some kind probably exists somewhere- as mentioned, we know life can form in Earth like conditions, and given that there are so many other solar systems out there, it is a reasonable assumption that it has probably formed elsewhere as well.
Many things were believed to exist before they were proven to exist. Most discovery's required at least one believer who worked tword the finally proving of the idea. even when ideas are abandon like the gods on mount Olympus ,they still work tword enriching our culture and imagination. even if they don't exist the idea of aliens helps us explore our own phycology.
I would also like to thumbs up several of your answers on here; however I've yet to reach level 2 so that I may do so. Thank y'all for the interesting ways of looking at this topic. Very informative from all of you and I couldn't be happier with the presented material.
I don't believe they're visiting earth. Somewhere in the universe there's most likely other life, that's just statistics, but it's too far away for travel and who knows if it's even possible to communicate with something so different. I don't believe in God, btw.
There is a fundamental difference: there exists the potential to prove that extraterrestrial life is out there in the Universe, there is no possibility of proving a god exists.
See: How Critical Thinkers Lose Their Faith in God ...
There are approximately 70-sextillion stars in the known universe. To think that ours is the only one where there is life is absurd to the max.
we are in fact part alien, and how many discoveries will it take for the bible to be frown up in the air.
I'm sorry. You should do what I did last Fall -- I visited Roswell New Mexico. There are two museums there -- the County Museum (free entry, make a donation if you want on the way out) has a great display about the life, times and work of Robert H. Goddard, who invented the liquid fueled rocket. (von Braun and others used his work to develop the V-2 rockets in World War II).
The second museum in Roswell is the UFO museum. You have to pay first (there's a clue) and the exhibits at a elementary school science fair would be more convincing.
Now as to aliens, you must really be talking about extra-terrestrial intelligent beings, right? Because I have met many aliens, in airports and standing in line at Disney World. I've even been an alien way more than 150 times, since an alien means a person who is not a citizen of the place where they happen to be.
I actually think there are likely many groups of extra-terrestrial intelligent beings in the universe, but I do NOT think any who could travel out here and find us on Earth would bother to stop and visit. (Beam me up, Scottie... there's no intelligent life down here.)
By the way, there are major religions who support the idea that there could be other life forms with intelligence in the universe.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and all who dwell therein" does not exclude dwellers in the heavens, does it?
If God created Earth and us, why bother to create the rest of the stars in our galaxy, and the rest of the galaxies ...
To repeat, though, I do not think intelligent extraterrestrial beings have visited us here on Earth.
I tend go go with the more expansive "Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?" Which removes the need for intelligence and religious preconceived notions that we humans like to impose to such questions.
The Universe is huge, with billions of galaxies, each with its own retinue of stars. The basic assumption that I agree with, is that life arose here (by whatever means), then it can arise anywhere else in the Cosmos that has similar conditions. Even if that means that only 1% of the stars in any galaxy has the ability to host some form of life (as we know it here), that is still a huge number.
The question that you don't ask is "what about intelligent life, somewhat like us humans?" That's a harder question to answer directly. While I certainly think it is possible, there is no way of currently knowing for certain. If we look for ET as a function of technology as we know it, that's very hard to do. Using what we humans have done with industrial and technological advancements as a means to make detection (through the usage of air quality) or something like radio, that is a very narrow crack in the blinds to see through. Our own large scale technology (radio, internal combustion engine, air travel) only goes back less than 200 years.
There could be someone out there right now in our backyard (within 100 light years) that is every bit as smart as we are, but is living in what passes for the Middle Ages for us. Or, they could be living under water, or stopped using technology altogether.
We simply do not know. But it is fun to speculate.