Talk:Gliese 581c

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This is fascinating. At 20 light years away, in the incredibly small chance that there is intelligent life there (how small? 0.0000001% ?) we could actually engage in something resembling "real time" communication. Sure, there'd be a 40 year delay in replies, but that's less than a human lifespan, and potantially even less than a professional scientists active career length. Cool. Human 15:09, 25 April 2007 (EDT)

Well, first is the incredibly small chance that there might be life, then is the even more incredibly small chance that that life might be intelligent, and then the even-even more incredibly small chance that it would be possible to communicate with that life, and then on top of that would be the enormous challenge of actually communicating with it. As Wittgenstein said, if a lion could speak English, we wouldn't be able to understand it (or words to that effect). But what i find truly amazing is that we haven't even been looking for these types of planets for very long, but even in the infinitesimally small portion of the entire universe in which our instruments can reach with the required accuracy, we have already found one, an excellent example of scientific theory, prediction and discovery! And an indication that if any theories of natural Abiogenesis should prove correct, then the conditions for its occurrence are relatively plentiful in the universe, and it would be a miracle if there weren't life elsewhere. Orgone 17:20, 25 April 2007 (EDT)