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  •  Wow, it's cosmic, man! (4+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, caul, orlbucfan, Ana Thema

    My mind was completely and forever blown by a planetarium show about the Hubble telescope that ended with Keanu Reeves casually observing there are BILLIONS of galaxies in the universe, each containing BILLIONS of stars. Billions times billions... how could there NOT be millions of planets inhabited by evolved (to whatever degree) intelligent beings?

    Why haven't any of them contacted us? It's the distance of course. Even traveling at the speed of light (an impossibility, according to the first paragraph of this essay) it would take 4.37 years to reach Alpha Centauri (thank you Wikipedia), the star closest to Earth in this galaxy. Now think about those billions of galaxies intergalactic distances away...

    If there is an old-fashioned, Old Testament God out there, s/he's put intelligent life impossible distances apart to keep us from screwing up each others' civilizations - at least until someone invents Star Trek warp drive for real.

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    by Miscweant on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 06:58:07 AM PDT

    •  Maybe not (1+ / 0-)
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      A God who would create a fruit tree, then create a species that LOVES the fruit on that tree, and finally command the species to "never eat that damn tasty fruit!" strikes me as rather sadistic.  My guess is He would get off on creating multiple species with an innate hatred of each other and placing them all in close proximity.  He would then command them not to fight, kick back, and enjoy the spectacle.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 11:29:13 AM PDT

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    •  Billions and billions... (0+ / 0-)

      Where have I heard that before?  Oh, wait... Carl Sagan!

      I agree with Subterranean, not that I believe in god, goddesss, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny.  The invisible Angry Sky Daddy is a nasty sadist.

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