archive: RE: Re: SETI [Fwd: Probability of other ET Life is 1]

RE: Re: SETI [Fwd: Probability of other ET Life is 1]

n6tx@setileague.org
Sat, 19 Dec 1998 09:09 -0500

----Original Message-----
>From: MarcusJohn@aol.com

>In a message dated 12/18/98 9:11:23 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>n6tx@setileague.org writes:
>
>> but to say that live exists in the Universe because life
>> exists in the Universe looks to me like circular reasoning.
>
>No, thats not the point. The point is that other life exists in the universe,
>because it exists here. That is not circular at all.
>
>John.

Then it's wishful thinking. Not that I too don't wish for other life, but probabilities prove nothing. To me, the only acceptable evidence is a direct contact. And since I consider "take me to your leader" highly unlikely, that probably means radio contact. So let's get on with the search! The one thing useful about these computations is that they underscore my *belief* that n>0. But if belief aloe were sufficient, there would be no need for science.
73, Paul