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Old 04-25-2007, 02:02 PM   #1
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Potentially Habitable Planet Found

Thought this was cool and might inspire some Sci-Fi writers out there.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology...3074756&page=1
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:43 PM   #2
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Only 120 trillion miles away - and easy commute!
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:10 PM   #3
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Gravity is 1.6 times as strong as Earth's so a 150-pound person would feel like 240 pounds.
Uninhabitable for 64.5% of Americans who are overweight.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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Already reported yesterday.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:18 PM   #5
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:43 PM   #6
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Already reported yesterday.
So ... our TV broadcast announcing we know they're there will reach them in 20 years!

And their saucer warfleets will reach us in 40!

Welcome, Octopoid Overlords!
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:18 AM   #7
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The Octopoid Empire has been at war with their arch-foes the Cucumbers for seven point three cycles -- and losing badly. When the flying saucers land in 2047, it's likely that we'll have to bend over for the high commander of the Cucumber Invasion Fleet.

Seriously, knowing that wild guestimates about the chemical composition of some distant grain of sand have been made by a bunch of scientists hoping to get a bigger research grant next year, doesn't really thrill me all that much.

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:12 PM   #8
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200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.

125 billion galaxies in the universe (based on hubble observations)

I'm sure there are a few inhabitable planets around.

Not read this article but astronomers are looking for earth-like planets by searching for wavelengths that might indicate the light was reflected by vivid alien vegetation -- pretty cool.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:24 PM   #9
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I'm sure there are a few inhabitable planets around.
'Inhabitable' yes, but 'inhabited' is a whole different dam of beavers.

Assuming the origin of Life is merely the random accident of chemistry and environment, yes, Life may arise on other planets. Or it may be (if only random and accidental) an "only happened once in the history of the Universe" rare event.

If you multiply 200 billion stars, times 125 billion galaxies ... you get a Very Impressive Number.

But consider you are flipping a coin that many times. Two possible outcomes: heads or tails.

How often will you come up with the correct sequence of heads versus tails that (if multiplied not by two variables, but the many hundreds necessary to begin "Life") represent the complex sequence of events necessary in Life?

For Life to begin may not need a mere "heads or tails" sequence to occur ... it may need the coin to land (and stand) on its edge several hundred times in a row.

It may not need a billion monkeys typewriting for a billion years, and ending up writing Shakespeare ... It may need that to happen, and then have one of the monkeys to read it and think "Hey, nice stuff"

And at no time do the monkeys get to "evolve" because there aren't any monkeys to evolve because ... monkeys are too complicated to start by accident.

Maybe Hydrogen is too complicated to start by accident.

It takes a Universe working from the Dawn of Time, to make empty dark space.

Filling it with monkeys may not be "accidental"
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'Inhabitable' yes, but 'inhabited' is a whole different dam of beavers.

Assuming the origin of Life is merely the random accident of chemistry and environment, yes, Life may arise on other planets. Or it may be (if only random and accidental) an "only happened once in the history of the Universe" rare event.

If you multiply 200 billion stars, times 125 billion galaxies ... you get a Very Impressive Number.

But consider you are flipping a coin that many times. Two possible outcomes: heads or tails.

How often will you come up with the correct sequence of heads versus tails that (if multiplied not by two variables, but the many hundreds necessary to begin "Life") represent the complex sequence of events necessary in Life?

For Life to begin may not need a mere "heads or tails" sequence to occur ... it may need the coin to land (and stand) on its edge several hundred times in a row.

It may not need a billion monkeys typewriting for a billion years, and ending up writing Shakespeare ... It may need that to happen, and then have one of the monkeys to read it and think "Hey, nice stuff"

And at no time do the monkeys get to "evolve" because there aren't any monkeys to evolve because ... monkeys are too complicated to start by accident.

Maybe Hydrogen is too complicated to start by accident.

It takes a Universe working from the Dawn of Time, to make empty dark space.

Filling it with monkeys may not be "accidental"
Are you arguing for or against?
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