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Alien encounters 'within twenty years'
guardian.uk ^ | 6/27/11 | Reuters

Posted on 06/27/2011 9:04:38 PM PDT by Nachum

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.

"They may have different colour skin, but even we have that," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


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Heck, we encounter aliens every 20 seconds here in Los Angeles
1 posted on 06/27/2011 9:04:39 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I heard the US government has already made contact with aliens but is keeping it a secret.


2 posted on 06/27/2011 9:12:00 PM PDT by Decombobulator
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To: Nachum

He clearly does not live near an American border.


3 posted on 06/27/2011 9:13:43 PM PDT by edcoil (What? Me worry.)
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To: Nachum
"adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head". "They may have different colour skin, but even we have that," he said.


4 posted on 06/27/2011 9:14:01 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Nachum
I'll set my alarm clock for twenty years so I don't miss it. I forgot to do that when Ted Danson said we only had 12 years to save the oceans 15 years ago.
5 posted on 06/27/2011 9:16:21 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: Nachum

This’ll be a tough break for Roswell...


6 posted on 06/27/2011 9:16:26 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Decombobulator

I see aliens everyday at the entrance of Home Depot here in Hollywood.


7 posted on 06/27/2011 9:17:01 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: Nachum
It would seem even more of a stretch having trillions of planets in the universe, but only one with life.

Not buying that. No sale here.

Due to advances in technology, like the Russian, I believe it's only a matter of time until life outside earth is detected/discovered/revealed.

8 posted on 06/27/2011 9:19:25 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Nachum
Yawn......

Look in the White House if you want to find a real alien.

9 posted on 06/27/2011 9:20:26 PM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! All you have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled us with a terrible resolve!!)
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To: Nachum

I have aliens living in my ‘hood. They ride by here on little girl’s bikes all the time. Can’t aliens figure out those tires need to be aired up before you ride? They ain’t that smart if you ask me.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 9:21:22 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: dragnet2
I believe it's only a matter of time until life outside earth is detected/discovered/revealed.

And would we be just a lower form of life to them?

11 posted on 06/27/2011 9:21:45 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The author needs to take a trip to NYC, Central Park.


12 posted on 06/27/2011 9:22:10 PM PDT by matthew fuller (My realistic, updated (06/22/11) dream picks, in order: 1.DeMint 2.Bolton 3.Bachmann 4.Palin)
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To: Nachum

What a grand assumption, we will find them...

I think they found us loooooooong ago, and left us thinking we were Africa/


13 posted on 06/27/2011 9:22:35 PM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: max americana
I see aliens everyday at the entrance of Home Depot here in Hollywood.

Or any Walmart anywhere:


14 posted on 06/27/2011 9:22:48 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Nachum

Alien encounters? Every time I see Ron Paul on TV.


15 posted on 06/27/2011 9:24:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Nachum

Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life


‘Nuff said.


16 posted on 06/27/2011 9:25:00 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: Nachum

It's important.

It MEANS something.

17 posted on 06/27/2011 9:28:50 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Nachum
And would we be just a lower form of life to them?

Your guess is as good as mine...However, I do see my German Shepherd as a higher life form, than some people I've run into.

18 posted on 06/27/2011 9:30:11 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Nachum

I am holding out for the hot green women in Star Trek. “Put away the ray gun baby you know I love you!”


19 posted on 06/27/2011 9:38:22 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: Allegra

That’s how I like my mashed potatoes !


20 posted on 06/27/2011 9:40:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Allegra

“It’s important.

It MEANS something. “

You too? I can’t get it out of my head!


21 posted on 06/27/2011 9:41:24 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Nachum
I Want To Believe.


22 posted on 06/27/2011 9:44:14 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Decombobulator

I’m not that eager to meet ET. Its not like we don’t have enough problems already. What if ET wants to eat us?


23 posted on 06/27/2011 9:48:30 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Nachum

While I think it is likely there is life in some other star system, someone will have to come up with an explanation
as to how something can exceed the speed of light before we can have any contact, baring the SciFi concepts of “worm holes” or “parallel universes”.

As of now, the nearest “possibility” is at least 11 light years away. That is darn far away, even for a beam of light to travel.

Quix is FRs resident UFOlogist. Maybe he can explain.


24 posted on 06/27/2011 9:51:46 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Nachum

1. Why in the next 20 years? If the universe is 13.5 billion years old, then we can assume that other advanced races of intelligent beings have evolved (not that I believe in naturalistic evolution) by now.

There is no reason why space aliens would choose to contact us now and not years ago.

The fact that they haven’t is evidence that they don’t exist.

2. On the other hand, they could be like to government of Brazil which as a policy of not contacting previously unknown tribes discovered in the jungle. Better to let the develop on their own.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/uncontacted-tribe/?pid=953


25 posted on 06/27/2011 9:54:57 PM PDT by garjog
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To: AlexW

Perhaps Quix could evaluate the following, taken from the article: “Finkelstein said 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.”

Hard data, please. And with citations.


26 posted on 06/27/2011 9:55:22 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles, Kill the EPA!!!)
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To: freedumb2003

“Or any Walmart anywhere:”

I often think “People of Walmart” HAS to be staged.
Can there REALLY be people like that in the USA?

I left in 2004, so maybe it really has become that bad?


27 posted on 06/27/2011 9:57:16 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: dragnet2
However, I do see my German Shepherd as a higher life form, than some people I've run into.

Quote from Wak (an alien):

Look, I know I must look weird to you but how do you think you look to me? Listen, I watched four episodes of "Lassie" before I figured out why the little hairy kid never spoke. I mean, he rolled over, sure, he did that fine but, I don't think he deserved a series for that.

28 posted on 06/27/2011 9:59:33 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Nachum
He's even created this image of what he thinks aliens will look like:


29 posted on 06/27/2011 10:02:59 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Nachum

If you’re talking about finding primitive life forms on another planet, it could be confirmed within a decade when the Mars probes from the USA (Mars Science Laboratory) and Europe (ExoMars) find chemical evidence of life still existing on Mars as we find microbes beneath the surface of the planet excreting certain gases, especially methane. Once we cross that hurdle, chances are pretty good within 30 years we’ll find life on rocky crust planets orbiting stars within 70 light years of our solar system—especially finding planets with nitrogen, oxygen and water vapor in the atmosphere.


30 posted on 06/27/2011 10:03:51 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Nachum

“Send more Chuck Berry”


31 posted on 06/27/2011 10:23:04 PM PDT by suboptimal
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To: AlexW

>>I left in 2004, so maybe it really has become that bad?<<

I think you mean “is it still that bad?”

The answer is yes.


32 posted on 06/27/2011 10:23:04 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: RayChuang88

No other life in this galaxy, I bet.


33 posted on 06/27/2011 10:25:23 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Nachum

This guy Finkelstein is a genius.

He’s discovered a way to get paid to spout off trivial falsehoods.


34 posted on 06/27/2011 10:25:38 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: dragnet2

How can he say 20 years though/ It’s a random guess. It could be 40 years or 400 for that matter


35 posted on 06/27/2011 10:25:52 PM PDT by sonic109 (OBAMA IS A TROJAN HORSE)
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To: dragnet2

How can he say 20 years though/ It’s a random guess. It could be 40 years or 400 for that matter


36 posted on 06/27/2011 10:26:00 PM PDT by sonic109 (OBAMA IS A TROJAN HORSE)
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To: Nachum

As to any scientist: ¨Publish or perish.¨


37 posted on 06/27/2011 10:29:54 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: sonic109

I don’t know what they based their estimate on. You’re right, could be next year, could be 400...But I’m confident it will not take longer than say.. 50 years...My guess...


38 posted on 06/27/2011 10:37:00 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: freedumb2003
One of my favorites:


39 posted on 06/27/2011 10:40:10 PM PDT by skeptoid (The road to serfdom is being paved by RINOs, and Lisa Murkowski is their mascot.)
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To: Quix

UFO ping


40 posted on 06/27/2011 10:40:38 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Nachum

More SETI type religious crap. Wishful thinking at best; delusion at worst.


41 posted on 06/27/2011 10:40:54 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: dragnet2

than some people I have run into ... WHAT?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


42 posted on 06/27/2011 10:42:27 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: skeptoid

That is indeed a classic! LOL


43 posted on 06/27/2011 10:43:55 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: sonic109

But I must also add, there is a slim chance life outside earth has already been detected or discovered which hasn’t been revealed to the general population. I don’t know. But if this were the case, there would be a whole host of reasons why entities/governments would “hold off” revealing that information.


44 posted on 06/27/2011 10:46:19 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
I’m not that eager to meet ET. Its not like we don’t have enough problems already. What if ET wants to eat us?

IT'S A COOK BOOK!!!!

45 posted on 06/27/2011 10:46:51 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Captain Beyond

THX THX


46 posted on 06/27/2011 10:47:05 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Nachum

What happens when the Aliens make contact and then promptly tell us about all the Alien wars going on in the universe. What will the Left do? How will they continue to chase their precious utopian schemes when it is revealed that all of the negative human attributes are not uniquely human at all, but rather that human beings simply reflect the universal truths inherent in all life forms?

Much of their appeal to the ignorant rests upon the fact that there is no other frame of reference for us to judge ourselves by other than our own. Think about it.

What if a peaceful Alien race made contact with us tomorrow. They had superior technology and could effortlessly provide ongoing free energy, food, housing, medical care etc. to everyone on the planet. What if the Utopia they incessantly posit could exist “but if only”... actually materialized before the end of next week?

What would they do? Bereft of purpose and the possibility for personal glorification what would they do?

How long do you think it would take before they started complaining about the “oppressive” Alien created utopia. How long would it be before they began to lead the revolution to deliver us from the invisible chains of slavery that came along with the actual realization of a real utopia. Do you think they could, for even a second, just sit back while the entire human race went off on their own, in a multitude of different directions, no longer needing them in any way whatsoever?


47 posted on 06/27/2011 10:47:26 PM PDT by Al Gore Vidal
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To: garjog
"The fact that they haven’t is evidence that they don’t exist"

Good thinking.


48 posted on 06/27/2011 10:48:15 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: Al Gore Vidal

What if they are already here and just look at us like cattle?


49 posted on 06/27/2011 10:48:31 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: dragnet2

guys- according to Ted Turner and ALGORE, the aliens were killed off by global warming yrs ago


50 posted on 06/27/2011 10:48:56 PM PDT by mriguy67
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