Whether Aliens Exist
First round is acceptance only
I accept, and will be supporting the idea that sentient aliens most likely exist.
As pro made the positive claim that aliens do not exist, the burden of proof is on her to prove that this is true.
I look forward to your arguments!
I will begin by defining the word "alien"
Alien: A living being existing outside of Earth that is able to make conscious decisions
1) Consider the universe. We can only see a fraction of a fraction of it, and we know that the universe is pretty big. We stand out among the stars as living creatures developed from a seemingly unlikely combination of ingredients that created life. But again, the universe is too big to comprehend, and with all that emptiness, there is bound to be life somewhere outside of Earth.
2) Scientists and astrophysicists are finding more and more evidence that alien life does exist. Three planets were recently found that revolve around their sun at just the right distance to produce water, a seemingly desired substance for life to exist, though not particularly necessary. This leads me to my third argument.
3) We are limited to life. We require certain substances in order to survive, such as water, oxygen, a perfect mixture of heat and coolness, and food. But this is all we know. We see the world around us and what we see as life is what we comprehend as life. But again, we are limited. It is likely that aliens might not even be able to survive on our world, because they have adapted to a different environment on a different world. Their bodies won't work the same, and they certainly won't look the same. If aliens were born to adapt in a different kind of environment, then the chances of their existence are much higher, for they would not require a world like ours.
Oops, apparently I read round 1 completely wrong. I'm very sorry about this...
This is pure speculation about life itself. We have no evidence to show that life actually exists outside of environments that have existed on Earth. If we are just talking about a different mix of water, oxygen, and temperature, then this has already existed on Earth. Earth has had very different environments since its beginnings. Sure, it's evident that biological life on Earth has been able to adapt to extreme environments, but this does not mean that life was able to even begin on potentially habitable planets. Having the potential to sustain life doesn't mean it's going to happen. We don't have any evidence to suggest that this would happen more than once in the universe. Because of this, we can't say for certain whether aliens exist or not.
So far, there has been no evidence presented that shows that Aliens in fact exist elsewhere in the universe. The only things stated have been speculation and suggestions that life could exist on other worlds. This doesn't prove that abiogenesis occurred on these worlds, and it doesn't prove that it would likely happen. Because of this, Pro has thus far failed to meet her burden of proof to show that Aliens DO exist, let alone intelligent Aliens.
I await your response.
phil42 forfeited this round.
Aww a forfeit... That's unfortunate.
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