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btheist's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by btheist

So now we might have some alien gods to not believe in :-)

I am open to the idea that alternative life forms may not be carbon based. The conditions of our particular world seem to favor carbon based life, but given the vastness of the multiverse, I think it is highly likely there are some alternate life forms out there.

An interesting discussion topic, with no viable answer, is whether a non-carbon based life form, assuming it reached an approximate equivalent of human intelligence, would have similar chemically triggered emotions and feelings that make us uniquely human? Would they have a need to invent gods to make sense of their world? Would they feel joy, anger, loss, elation? I submit that we have to be open to the idea that alternate life forms may bear little or no physical resemblance to us and equally bear little or no resemblance to our thinking and emotional selves.

So, what counts as a hot chick in the alien world may not be hot to us, and even if they were, we would probably have to come up with a whole different range of pickup lines :-)

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:22:42 UTC | #920803