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Hi indeed! After all ...

According to a Reuters story published by The Guardian (27 June 2011), we may expect to encounter alien civilisations within twenty years:

Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades, a top Russian astronomer said on Monday.”The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms … Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,” said Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute, according to the Interfax news agency.

Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, Finkelstein said 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.

If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.

Is that a real prediction? That is, if the prediction did not come true, what might we learn? Thoughts?

So sometime within the next two decades I'll finally get my lightsaber? Barb
I wonder why it is only the Russians who believe we will be in contact with ETs, while SETI continues to become more defunct? Also, I would be interested to know the Russian's response to the literally miraculous odds that must be overcome in order for intelligent life to exist anyplace other than earth. Kinda a strange predicament. Russian "scientists" have to believe in miracles for intelligent life to exist any other place than earth, while other, US-based scientists are reluctant to admit intelligent life is unique to earth...which also requires miraculous odds. Could it be that one simply cannot divorce science from the miraculous in this case? Bantay
Pravda! Pravda! For the Mudderland! lol.... Francis Crick would be so proud to share shots of vodka with Andrei. Alien X - SETI TwentyThirtyOne - This time Contact is Real, Pravda! Filmed in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Area 51. DATCG
This prediction has all the credibility and accuracy of the old five-year plans put out by the Soviet government. SCheesman
Link? (who bought it?) But anyway it isn't just the planet- the type of star is important. And a living organism is more than "just add water". Joseph
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