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Majority of the public believes in alien life

By T.K. Randall
September 24, 2015 · Comment icon 73 comments

Could there be other intelligent civilizations out there ? Image Credit: NASA
A new international poll has revealed that most people believe that there is alien life in the universe.
Conducted by YouGov, the poll asked members of the public in the UK, Germany and the United States whether they believed that our planet was home to the only intelligent life in the universe.

More than half of those surveyed stated that they thought there was life out there however in both the US and UK the majority of those were male while in Germany the majority were female.

The poll also indicated that younger generations were more likely to believe in extraterrestrials than older generations with only 45 percent of those over the age of 50 in the UK believing in alien life.

While to date there has never been any conclusive evidence of intelligent life beyond our own planet this hasn't stopped mankind from seeking out signs that someone else may be out there.
An ambitious new endeavor to listen for extraterrestrial communications was recently funded by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and backed by prominent scientists such as Stephen Hawking who maintains that there is "no bigger question" than whether or not we are alone in the universe.

During an announcement last year NASA also indicated that we may find evidence of alien life within as little as 10 to 20 years thanks to advances in planet hunting telescopes and techniques.

"Just imagine the moment, when we find potential signatures of life," said Matt Mountain of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

"Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over - the possibility we're no longer alone in the universe."

Source: Independent | Comments (73)

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Comment icon #64 Posted by badeskov 9 years ago
is that a very small planet north of Germany? Yes, and very obnoxious...but good food and good stuff to drink..... Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #65 Posted by S2F 9 years ago
Yes, but the sample we've been able to go on so far is extremely limited (only the planets we've been able to land on, really, isn't it). That's true, we have had only the smallest glimpse of the universe comparable to the blink of an eye. The one thing I try to keep in mind though is that the argument that the universe is so large and potentially so diverse that life must exist elsewhere is in essence a fallacy. It is a fallacy built on optimism and hope and it is most likely correct but it is a fallacy nonetheless.
Comment icon #66 Posted by ChaosRose 9 years ago
I blame the guy with the funky hair of awesomeness. Ahhh...that never gets old.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
Number of planets in the galaxy: one trillion or thereabouts. Odds of a planet having intelligent life: one in a trillion. Conclusion: we are alone in the galaxy What I want to say is it depends entirely on the probability, and assigning odds of one in a trillion or less is not hard to do given what we know about organisms and history.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 9 years ago
It is rather hard to do a statistical analysis when you only have one data point ! That being said I do think that there is life elsewhere in the universe, but that is just a guess, not a fact. Until evidence is presented it will remain a guess.
Comment icon #69 Posted by DONTEATUS 9 years ago
Bring on the Bratt`s badeskovs ! Merry Christmas !
Comment icon #70 Posted by Emma_Acid 9 years ago
Let me paraphrase a comment or two you could see in here by the same cadre of negatories: "If intelligent life exists out there, show some evidence". Ends that discussion, eh? Jacques, you just shifted gears in major way there! The thread is about intelligent alien life, not cow mutilations If you can't see the disconnection between these two comments, then it is literally pointless arguing with you.
Comment icon #71 Posted by ChrLzs 9 years ago
It could be that we are the Complete Works of William Shakespeare as typed by the very last monkey on all those infinite typewriters... Some folks here seem to be forgetting that it is NOT just that we haven't found any life on the planets in our own Solar system or anywhere 'out there' so far.. It's also the facts that: - not once have we been able to create life ourselves, nor witness the generation of new life, despite living in an ideal habitable zone - everything on the entire evolutionary tree seems to have sprung from just one successful outbreak of life, in one location at one moment S... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by HDesiato 9 years ago
Even bacteria is considered life ... so ... what's the big deal? Granted bacteria is considered life but that wasn't the subject of the poll. "Intelligent life that can communicate" is the subject of the poll. Honestly I'm surprised at such a high percentage. I don't equate popular opinion with evidence, so we're just speculating. Yeah, why not?
Comment icon #73 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
It's a reasonable conclusion, and a little exciting, so I'm not surprised.

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