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# Extraterrestrial Life Must Exist in an Infinite Universe

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rougeagent21
 Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point Started: 11/3/2009 Category: Science Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period Viewed: 3,397 times Debate No: 9892
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Posted by rougeagent21 7 years ago
Forgive my slowness, I should have never accepted the debate in the first place. However, I will provide a closing argument for any who want to hear it. You can choose whether or not to include it in your decision, and I understand if you do not due to my no-show in the last round. Whichever you decide, here it is:

I feel that a lot of this debate has been back and forth about the same things, so I will not bore you further with those same topics. I do feel the need however to point out something that my opponent has not been truthful to you voters about.
"My opponent's logic is entirely fallacious. It is impossible to flip a coin an infinite number of times and not have it come up tails. This can be shown to be true through simple probability. The probability of getting tails is 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/32 … 1/n, which is equal to 1. This means that the likelihood of flipping tails once is 100% on a balanced coin flipped an infinite number of times. This, again, disproves his fundamental logic."

Go ahead and add up those numbers. I dare you. This equation my opponent gives you will never yield "1", but will increase towards towards 1 forever. There are an infinite number of numbers, and you can always move the decimal place over one. However, this is not a major point, but simply an example of how probability does not equal certainty.

The probability of life outside Earth has been widely contested, but the most commonly-agreed upon number is .0001 of a percent. What my opponent does not realize is that each chance for life is independent in an infinite universe. That means that for every chance at life, there is .0001 of a percent chance that life will actually exist, regardless of previous outcomes. Just because you have already had 999,999,999 chances for life does not mean that the next one will yield life. Each trial is independent of the others. This is basic statistics. Now, if each trial has a .0001% chance of life, and all trials are
Posted by rougeagent21 7 years ago
independent of the others, then you could quite possibly never occur upon extraterrestrial life. Once again, possibility and probability DO NOT EQUAL CERTAINTY. Due to this, I remain in negation of the resolution. Thank you.
Posted by Alexby1 7 years ago
I think we should just let the voting begin.
Posted by Alexby1 7 years ago
Posted by rougeagent21 7 years ago
I understand. I can post after school today.
Posted by Alexby1 7 years ago
Whatever works for you. he only thing about that is there's a shorter character limit in the comments.
Posted by rougeagent21 7 years ago
Terribly sorry. My APUSH teacher decided to give us TWO FRQs tonight. I'll be up until midnight. I can post in the comments if you want me to.
Posted by Alexby1 7 years ago
Aww… forfeited? Now thats just disappointing.
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
I have NOT been vote-bombing you.

And if you don't think a topic is interesting enough to debate, why do you accept it in the first place?
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
Skeptic, if you flip a coin an infinite number of times, you can't not get heads. And you can't not have it land on its side. And you can't not have it land in the sewer, requiring a new coin, should a sewer be within rolling distance.
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