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Are We Alone?

Are We Alone?

Date: Jun 27 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


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As covered in life as Earth is, we know that many of the surrounding planets are lifeless. But is there intelligent life somewhere else in the universe? Or are we all alone?

Ever since space was discovered, people have wondered, “Is there anybody out there?” Many people claim to have met aliens from other planets, and people claim that the governments of the world cover up contact with other races of beings. But the people who say those things could be insane. At this point, the jury is out. Listen to Marni and Amanda wonder what’s out there in the heavens.


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Marni:  So I was just listening to David Bowie, “Is there life on Mars?”

Amanda:  Again?

Marni:  It got me thinking, “Is there life on other planets?” What’s your take?

Amanda:  I think there probably is.

Marni:  It seems very asinine that we could be the only ones in this whole solar system.

Amanda:  Absolutely. There’s got to be life on other planets in the solar system and what about that whole phenomenon, that famous drawing that every single person who has seen this particular alien has drawn? The depiction is the exact same, right?

Marni:  The little gray man?

Amanda:  Yeah, the little gray with the little eyes. That many people all over the world drawing the same image? There’s something there.

Marni:  Well, yeah. I believe in it. I like to go there. I believe in other life forms. I don’t know that I necessarily believe that they’re as adorable as that, because they’re kinda cute, those drawings.

Amanda:  Who knows what they look like? Like in films like Aliens...

Marni:  Well, you know. The films definitely take it to different levels, but there was Close Encounters, which I just recently saw, that whole Steven Spielberg fascination with aliens…

Amanda:  Right. War of the Worlds.

Marni:  Yeah. But just the concept of there being other life people have had contact with…I believe it.

Amanda:  I actually think it’s pretty close-minded not to think that would exist.



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Most people are too busy with life here on Earth to spend much time wondering if there are extraterrestrials and UFOs. Marni starting thinking about aliens because of a David Bowie song that wonders if there’s life on Mars.

Amanda thinks that Earth has been visited by space aliens because many people who claim to have seen aliens all draw a similar picture of them: small, gray, big eyes. But Marni thinks those drawings are too cute to be real.

There are a lot of movies made about aliens, from action movies with mean aliens to family movies with nice ones. Marni and Amanda agree that there are probably other life forms out there…even though they have no idea what they look like.

What do you think? Is the Earth the only planet with life in the universe?



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United States

In my school we are studying about alien too but I don’t believe in nothing about them but this was nice

12:40 PM Jun 27 2008 |



I'm not sure that aliens exist

But I know that "There is no smoke without fire"

10:13 AM Jun 27 2008 |




I didn't believe someone exists untill my father saw something strange in the sky in late evening. It was light circle flying high in the sky at the same speed. He also sent a strange sound like a fizzle. I wouldn't believe it but there was more witness who have seen that

08:13 AM Jun 27 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes they exist… once i saw a pipe light from the sky and when looked in something far was rolling … i got a vaccum and got it out ot the pipe … it was a ufo driving license… and they invite me for a birthday party… lol its a new version harrypatter story lol

07:28 AM Jun 27 2008 |




I prefer there will be aliens on other planets, since the earth we are living on now will disappear some day. At that time, human beings can go other planets.

At some time, maybe aliens are  thinking ways to research on us while we are doing the same thing to them.

06:23 AM Jun 27 2008 |




If u needa know about aliens then wait till 2090. The scientists of the project SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) have sent a radio signal which will reach the end of our milky way by that time. And yes if u r really serious about the aliens then there is in fact a formula for calculating the no. of alien civilizations in the univers…yea not kidding it's a real formula

05:57 AM Jun 27 2008 |

Maple zhang


i believe that we are not alone,cause there's so many planets in the universe,there must be some planets have the same environment with earth,fitting temprature,air pressure and oxygen……astronomer told us there could be millions of those planets exist in the universe,i don't believe that the earth is the only one-otherwise,maybe there's one kind of biology which can breath firedamp instead of oxygen……hehe,who knows

05:47 AM Jun 27 2008 |




i don't believe Aliens are exist ,that just me,what's your take on it?

02:58 AM Jun 27 2008 |



In my opinion there must be other kind of creature so-called aliens,even though we should take it into account that we are living in a dimension which could probably let us see those type of things that correspond with our visibility.By this i mean there may be tremendeous living phenomena even around us in this earth  in various  forms and dimensions.As i cited before we are looking for our type,the ones that we are capable to percieve.Like the materials of the other planets that are possible for us to see.and there are a great deal of chemical structures which will be invisible for us unless some inventions will be created to enable us to see them.

02:28 AM Jun 27 2008 |


South Korea

David Bowie.

01:26 AM Jun 27 2008 |




In my personal opinion I think there maybe are  other creatures on another planets, but I dont agree with vision of their bodies, cause different planets have different climate and theirs habitants have to have not the same body cause of the temperature on planets, maybe they even have colour of body which is similar to planet on which they live, I mean something like camuoflage to protect themselves. And why all of them are grey, maybe some of them are white, some black, some yellow like colours of human races????

12:47 AM Jun 27 2008 |

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