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  •  It's clear by now that almost all stars (7+ / 0-)

    have numerous planets, which means that the galaxy has many billions of planets, which means that probably billions are within the supposed habitable range, which means that . . .

    It's only a matter of time before we humans discover our cosmic neighbors.

    And it's only a matter of time (hopefully less than 100 years) before humans figure out how to colonize a planet like that, reducing the risk of the entire species being destroyed by a single event.

    •  we need to hang on a while. (6+ / 0-)

      at current it doesnt look good for us. Its a bit ironic (in a sad way) that the astronomers discover just how much of an interesting world is up there, just as we prove inable to keep our home stable and livable under a technological civilization.

      if we are normal in any way, then this too might mean that there is boundless life in the galaxy, but not so much technology. (That would explain the silence).

      •  This is what I've always suspected (2+ / 0-)
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        terrypinder, Timaeus

        as the answer to the Fermi question ("Why aren't they here?"). There are plenty of planets out there, and there must be many that have liquid water and Earthlike physical conditions. Either there is some reason (unknown to us) why it is harder for life to get started than we think it is, or life abounds but technology is rare.

    •  That, or: (3+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus, SLKRR, terrypinder

      We finally find a planet uninhabited by sentient life and give all the Republicans their chance to "go Galt" and get out of our hair.

      Think of it as our chance to pull a Golgafrinchan and get rid of our useless third of the population.

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