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National Geographic announces: We Are Not Alone

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When you click on the link from their promotional e-mail, the next page announces “IT’S ALMOST CERTAIN WE’RE NOT ALONE.”

Wait, we have gone from a definitive “We are not alone” to a waffling “It’s almost certain we’re not alone” in one simple click?

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Alien tripod by Alvim Corréa, 1906 French edition of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”

The question is no longer, is there life beyond Earth? It’s a pretty sure bet there is. The question now is, how do we find it? Earth supports life in part because its terrain is rocky, and it doesn’t receive too much solar radiation. Its distance from the sun allows water to be in a liquid state. So far, 47 exoplanets have been found that fit that profile. “We Are Not Alone” at National Geographic

Okay but now one question: If none of those 47 planets has life, does that count as evidence against the proposition that “We Are Not Alone”? Does anything count as evidence against the proposition?

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2 Replies to “National Geographic announces: We Are Not Alone

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    Mark from CO says:

    Only 47? From the frenzy in the press, I thought there were an infinite number in our own Universe. Given what most scientists say about the odds of life on any individual planet, I suspect that if you do the math, the odds that life exists on one of the other 47 are infinitely small. Another example of those who really, really want to believe we’re not alone grossly over stating the facts?

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    bornagain77 says:

    , the earth is far more unique in this universe than many people realize…
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/researchers-habitable-zone-is-probably-narrower-than-hoped/#comment-673851

    Even the Cosmic Background Radiation itself gives proof for this:

    Cosmic Microwave Background Proves Intelligent Design (disproves Copernican principle) (clip of “The Principle”) – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htV8WTyo4rw

    In other words, the “tiny temperature variations” in the CMBR reveal teleology, (i.e. a goal directed purpose, a plan), that specifically included the earth from the start. ,,, The earth, from what our best science can now tell us, is not some random cosmic fluke as atheists presuppose but was intended from the very start of the universe.

    Genesis 1:1
    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

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