Big Picture Science – This Land is Island: Guy Consolmagno & Margaret Race

by Gary Niederhoff on June 9, 2013

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Part 4 of This Land is Island, featuring Guy Consolmagno, astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, and Margaret Race, ecologist at the SETI Institute, on the question of how the inhabitants of this island Earth might react if the existence of extra terrestrial life is confirmed.
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avatar Nolan June 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

90 % of god believers think that the discovery of extraterrestrial life will not affect their beliefs?
These believers underestimate the fragility of their belief.
What if the alien life has scientific proof that there is no god or creator? What if the alien life claims to BE god and has evidence to back it up? Other alien intelligence could have a much better belief system. What if there is already a community of separate aliens species that have come to a independent yet complimentary conclusion about the idea of god and creation? When religious people answered this question I don’t think they put enough thought into what their simple answer says.

avatar P Edward Murray June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Nolan,

Fragility?

Nope, possibly your outlook is fragile?

Peace….

avatar Nolan June 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

P E M,

I think the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence is certain.
So, I’m not sure what you’re saying P E M. Are you saying my outlook is fragile because I doubt the existence of gods?

avatar Deepak Mishra July 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

Agreed! Intelligent extra-terrestrial life exists! The gods of Earth are the cosmic gateways to their people of the supreme Hindu god Vishnu! Finding intelligent aliens is not possible, these life giving aliens foreclosed space and time, intelligent alien life exists in dimensions we cannot travel.

avatar RAM July 2, 2013 at 6:38 am

Nolan. I kind of agree with PEM. When you say believers underestimate the fragility of their belief you are judging that faith as unsuported.
On the other hand, it sounds very interesting that if we ever find alien life they may have some faith on their own. But I think you are oversimplifying this possibility. What if for this alien life we are the scientific proof that God exists? What if the alien life claims God to be among us, and has evidence to back it up? Other alien intelligence could have a less better belief system. What if there is already a community of separate alien species that have come to a independent yet complimentary conclusion about the idea of God and creation and that conclusion is shared with ours? When non-religious people talk about alien life they tend to see only onde side of the coin. But the world is full of possibilities, in every direction. So, why the discovery of alien life should affect the faith of somebody? Only if your faith states that there is no alien life, then you would be in trouble.
Anyway, finding alien life, be it sentient or not, would be a big breakthrough for us all, belivers and non-belivers.

avatar Ken July 2, 2013 at 8:13 am

I think the possibility of extraterrestrial LIFE is probably a certainty. However, the existence of intelligence as we understand it is certainly not. There is no guarantee that life will evolve intelligence – after all, the dinosaurs were around for much longer than we have been, and there’s no evidence that they evolved intelligence. Intelligence as we know it may be a complete anomaly (hard as that may be to stomach!)

avatar Nolan July 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

RAM We “non-believers” have to explain things in certain ways to the “believers”. That doesn’t mean that we haven’t considered both sides of the coin. In fact most of us were raised from childhood in these brainwashing belief systems. And have come to our own independent conclusions about beliefs. I think humans are just beginning to understand the vastness of the multiverse and how extremely advanced a creator would have to be. So all of the stories that our ancenstors created are now revealing their many flaws. I don’t doubt the possibility that one or more religions could be correct. I just find it extremely unlikely. 90%? Let me repeat 90%. That means that a LOT of believers are in denial and not ready for a real wake up call. If someone shows you imperical evidence that is contrary to what you believe and you ignore it then there is something drastically wrong.

avatar newsmoves August 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

i dont see how belief would be affected, if anything i reckon it might be strengthened and it definite will be should these visitors come in the form of independence day fair!

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