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Favorite Quotes from Life in the Universe Essays:

— Belief —

Every term, each student in my Astronomy 115 course (Life in the Universe) was assigned to write an essay giving his or her opinion on the following question:

"Do extraterrestrial technical civilizations currently exist in our Galaxy?"

This group of quotes is about belief. (The typos and misspellings are real, but they are not mine.) The material is presented here without comment; you will have to make up your own.

    Essay Quotes: Belief

  1. I believe we have purpose and meaning. If we were here because we got lucky, life would be empty and pointless.

  2. I believe in two technical civilizations on opposite sides of the universe.

  3. In my heart I do believe that there is life other than humans in our galaxy.

  4. Some won't believe until they have hard facts and others, like myself, believe just because so many people have their own true facts and stories that don't seem to be made up.

  5. Also, to think the fact we are the only civilization in existence would be rather ignorant, but it is hard to believe in something that one cannot see or confirm in any way shape or form.

  6. I don't believe that they would be able to travel at the speed of light because that just does realistic even though I believe in aliens more then the speed aspect of it all I do still believe in them.

  7. I do not want to get mixed up in that I do not believe that we will ever meet them, and I believe it is highly unlikely we will ever contact them or receive contact from them.

  8. I am not sure what I really believe as far as aliens are concerned. ... I believe that there is other life out in the universe and I believe that they have visited us. ... But I am not convinced that they are visiting us and not making the effort to connect with us except to study us.

  9. I believe that if scientists can determine and prove that there is extraterrestrial existence in our galaxy, then I might be able to believe it.

  10. In conclusion only one statement comes to mind when trying to verify that extraterrestrial technical civilizations do exist and that is: "Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing."

  11. I believe they exist because I believe that we wish not to be alone in such a vast emptiness as is observed in the universe.

  12. I was taught that God created the Earth in seven days and that he did not create anything else.

  13. I think that there has to be at least one other technical civilization in our galaxy. It would be very hard to believe otherwise.

  14. Another belief that has made me come to believe others are in our galaxy is the Fermi Paradox.

  15. So when people who don't believe in extraterrestrial life simply because we can't talk to aliens, I believe they need a better reason for not believing.

  16. I believe that people were put on this galaxy and not extraterrestrials.

  17. Let me tell you my beliefs other people and their beliefs and stories and how everything is left to your beliefs.

  18. It is my personal belief that as soon as you enter a different solar system that it is completely possible for physics to change.

  19. I feel it's ignorant to believe that the human race is the one and only intelligent beings in our galaxy or that we are special.

  20. I do believe that there is some planet out there that is like Earth in a way and would be able to habit the extraterrestrial beings.

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