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'You Earthbound beings amuse me'

One anonymous coward considered this and brought up one of the best-known rules of science, at any rate the science one learns - as we learn ours here at the Reg - mostly from chaps in the pub.

But what about if by a million/billion/whatever to one chance we are the first "intelligent life" to emerge. Someone has to be, and we all know that the thing about million to one chances is that they happen nine times out of ten.

Others felt that the aliens would get involved more directly. Another AC had this to say:

Aliens will turn up and be like "wtf you doing?"

Though he was promptly contradicted by an apparent actual alien, albeit an anonymous one.

You earthbound beings amuse me

Why is it that you always wish to define the unknown in terms of your greatest fears?

What has happened to the adventurer in you?

What indeed. There was also some stern criticism for the tone and quality of the Reg's coverage and debate round the issue. Commentard Stephen Huyssoon was especially forthright.

That you can think of and discuss this subject as a joke displays a shallowness of thought and a closed state of mind. I get so tired of this. Shoot yourself.

As was yet another AC, who objected to our use of the term "countless aeons".

What's wrong with "13-14 billion years"? Too sciency? Excessive factiness?

There's enough ill-educated hogwash being bandied about in relation to the LHC already, ta.

And one adam wrote in too:

You speak out of both sides of your mouth first you say there is a potential of mangeling the fabric of space-time but then you say "nutballs" (whatever that means) think this could doom earth. WELL WHAT IS IT THEN! CAN IT MESS UP SPACE TIME OR NOT. NICE REPORT!

Thanks. I think.

There was also some chitchat around the interdimensional portal invasion issue, with Trevor 3 pointing out that the mere fact that Bertolucci only expects the gate to open for an unbelievably brief interval means nothing.

Yeah, ok it maybe 10^ -26 seconds on our side, but if they have a different temporal linear time frequency to us, it may be open on their side for...well...years...

Or if time is actually their 3rd dimension what could be 10^ -26 seconds for us could be a location 900 metres to the right of where they are stood.

No-one ever thinks about this! Or the children in the other dimension!

Unanswerable, we say.

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