'Human' More Likely Than Not Only Radio-Capable Life Form In Observable Universe
Resolution : 'Human' is more likely than not the best the observable universe can produce in terms of technological advancement, defined as achieving radio or better. I think it likely any other intelligent, radio-capable life (if any) in the universe ... past, present or future ... will be carbon copies of homo sapiens.
Rules : This is not a theological or philosophical debate. Purely theological and/or philosophical arguments automatically forfeit debate. Opinions expressed must have factual and/or observational support.
Pro will argue it is more likely than not our specific biological design/configuration is one of the requirements to achieving radio technology or better.
Con will argue it is more likely than not our specific biological design/configuration is not one of the requirements to achieving radio technology or better.
Round 1 is for acceptance.
Round 2 is for arguments.
Round 3 is for rebuttal/closing arguments.
I may use CAPS, but only for emphasis - not for shouting!
I will remain mindful in the objection to using philosophical principles as arguments, as stated in the debate rules, without "factual and/or observational support." I don"t expect to have any theological arguments, but, if so, will also abide by the outlined rules.
As the con in this debate I hope it is realized, by both my opponent and the voters, that I am not arguing that there IS a non-human life form in the universe capable of achieving radio technology or better; rather I argue that the biological design of humans is not a requirement of radio, or a superior, technology. Obviously I cannot provide an example of any non-human organism having achieved this technology, but I can, however, certainly show that it is more likely than not - in fact more than likely - that our specific biological design IS NOT one of the requirements of radio technology or better.
Also, this is my first debate here at debate.org! I've read the terms of service, and will comply accordingly, but please be sure to let me know if there are any community rules, customs, or courtesies I am missing or not following.
I look forward to the debate that is to follow!
He was so sure. Astonishingly, he still is.
"He is also interested in the possibility that the very numerous red dwarf stars, stars that are much less bright than the Sun, might host habitable planets. In this regard, he has noted that the behavior of various objects in our own solar system – in particular the resonances between their rotation and orbital periods – when applied to some of the newly discovered extrasolar planets, strongly suggests that most planets orbiting red dwarfs will not keep one face towards their star, and thus are more likely to be habitable. If this is proved correct, it will increase by almost ten times the probable number of habitable planets in the Milky Way." 
When Frank Drake came up with his equation, it was still unknown if there were any planets beyond our solar system. Ask a devout Christian if there were and you would get laughed at ... or possibly beaten up. They took their special status in the universe very seriously. If God had made other planets He would have said so.
When I was in the 6th grade I was getting progressively sicker of the religious sermons that passed for science class. With 2 grades to a classroom, I had already been through it the previous year. As with other teachers, ours wore several hats. He was also the PE teacher, the football coach ... and the minister for the island's one Baptist church. I was the only known atheist and Mr. C. hated me in the worst possible way. As far as he was concerned, Satan himself was sitting there in his classroom in the guise of a little kid.
I raised my hand. He saw it but ignored me. Did I mention I was not allowed to speak in that class? I kept my hand up. This was starting to freak out the rest of the class. I wasn't allowed to talk to them either. Nor look at them. And yes, I had gone the entire previous year without saying a single word in that class. Or any other class. This had started 5 years earlier when I stood up in Sunday school and denounced God.
Mr. C. had refused to allow me in his class at the beginning of 5th grade, but they didn't give him a choice. He told me the 1st day if it was up to him I would be dead.
I just couldn't take it any more. Once again I stood up. At about 4'4" and 60 pounds I was quite small for my age. I heard gasps from some of the girls. He stopped and looked over at me, surprised, then that smug little half-smile played across his face. He was maybe 40, and 6' and around 240 of solid muscle he was sure he could take 'Satan'.
"What?" Softly, menacingly.
"You are wrong." I said.
He looked around the class, his face broadening into a smile.
He turned back to me. "What did you say?"
"You heard me. You are wrong. There are trillions of stars out there, at least. You would have to be an idiot to believe our sun is the only one with planets." I sat back down. The class was in shock. Silent, not breathing. I knew ...
His face drained of color. He reached for the heavy yardstick he had hit my hands with dozens of times and walked slowly toward my desk back in the far corner.
"Put your hands out."
"No." More gasps form the class.
"I want ask again. Put them out."
"No." He slammed the yardstick down on my desk.
"Go f*** yourself."
I was vaguely aware of lying on the floor up against the wall. I didn't really feel my ribs break when he kicked me, then he was on his knees smashing his fists into my head, screaming I was dead. I could hear other screaming too then I woke up in the nurses office.
The doctor came to the island once a week, and it wasn't his day, so I was taped up, and Mom took me home. The rest of the year I was in the 7th/8th grade class. They didn't fire him. I don't think he ever got arrested. They told me later he had hit me in the face with his fist hard enough to lift me out of my chair. It took two equally big male teachers to pull him off.
Yes, I was really hoping we would discover extra terrestrial intelligent life. But I had already suspected it was very very long odds. And even if we did, it wasn't coming here to take me away.
N = 1,000 to 100,000,000 advanced, radio-capable life forms in the Milky Way. They say it wasn't serious, but just a 'marketing' ploy to get funding. Not. To the hopeful the Drake Equation was a solid guess, with most optimistically taking the high end.
intrinsicsimplicity forfeited this round.
Intrin and I are starting over. We are stupid noobs and screwed up. Don't bother voting.