Post User Polls

Do you think aliens exist?

According to British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, aliens do exist but interacting with them could be too dangerous for humans. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  April 26, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Should drunk bicycling be illegal? | Next: How long could you last without access to social media?


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Keep in mind an "alien" could be the size of a virus. "The Andromeda Strain", a great book. A silicon based life form that functioned as its own spaceship of sorts.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | April 26, 2010 11:57 AM

Are we talking Aliens from MARS & beyond, or the Illegal Aliens that have already invaded the USA?

Posted by: Robbnitafl | April 26, 2010 12:08 PM

Robbnitafl, are you talking about the European aliens that invaded the land 400 years ago?

Posted by: nuzuw | April 26, 2010 12:43 PM

It stands to reason that in an unimaginably vast universe, the Earth is not the only planet that has life of some kind on it.

It also stands to reason that the chances of coming into contact with beings from other planets are infinitesimally small.

So we're stuck with each other. ;-)

Posted by: bigbrother1 | April 26, 2010 1:37 PM

Yes, I believe in the next 50 years we'll be fighting the Romulans, either that or a zombie infestation.

Posted by: harrydean | April 26, 2010 1:59 PM

This poll is restoring my faith in American science knowledge after reading the other day only 33% of Americans believe in the big bang theory and only 45% in the evolution of man. The notion that the earth is ground zero in the universe still exists for some amazingly enough. I think S Hawking can rest easy for a little longer. I don't foresee an encounter with alien lizards anytime soon. The universe is much too vast for life forms to run into each other. It's fun to think about though. Will they be hostile? I'd say 50/50. Heck, we are good at killing off our own species, so why would we expect anything different with aliens.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 26, 2010 2:36 PM

Arizona is sure illegal aliens exsist.
Chicago seems to want the national guard on their South US new border over the aliens too.

Posted by: dottydo | April 26, 2010 6:10 PM

It does make me a little nervous sending signals out into deep space saying "here we are". We should look at it with a cost/benefit analysis in mind. If we do meet up, it might be cool. They could teach us some new stuff. Then again they may decide to kill us all. I think there is a lot more downside.

If we do send out signals, we should be saying that we are raping this planet (and we're almost done). That way they might not be so interested in invading us.

Posted by: rjma1 | April 26, 2010 6:19 PM

Of course aliens exist. The odds of self-replicating molecules existing *only* on earth is basically non-existent, and the odds of actually evolved life forms not arising anywhere in the enormous universe is almost as non-existent.

As for whether aliens would be friendly or not..I personally believe that two species' encountering each other by chance would be extremely rare. Therefore, any encounters could only happen to lifeforms that were extremely intelligent and evolved (i.e. not as moronic and barbaric and immoral as our ancestors). Humans may be this evolved in several thousand years, and so would any alien lifeforms we encounter.

I've always thought the idea of evil aliens invading earth was slightly ridiculous, because long-distance space travel is so unreachable and complex that only beings that are much too evolved and intelligent to be evil would be able to figure it out.

Posted by: Jackal-1 | April 26, 2010 8:17 PM

At this point in our development, if we encountered an alien intelligence advanced enough to travel the galaxy, we'd probably be no more able to recognize it than a virus is able to recognize an airplane.

Posted by: 12008N1 | April 27, 2010 1:15 AM

Looking through a "hole" in the starfield the size of a dime viewed from 75 feet away - over 1500 galaxies in this deep field.

Billions of galaxies, each with millions or hundreds of millions of stars. It's more difficult to imagine there isn't any other life out there than it is to imagine there is.

Of course, if you're still stuck believing the creation myths you were taught as a child this might not be so difficult for you.

It is within the realm of possibility though, that we are the the most advanced life in the universe. That is a sad idea.

Posted by: barferio | April 27, 2010 4:34 AM

Mexicans didn't cross the border, the border crossed them.
About 120 years ago the US used a fake incident to launch a war (sound familiar?) with Mexico which allowed us to steal a few states....

Posted by: maurban | April 27, 2010 10:06 AM

Mexico has a province (Texas) which rebelled, won independence without help, and then joined the USA. Then Mexico attacked the USA (Texas) and lost a war. Of course all the land involved was actually the property of the Native Americans, and a whole lot of it was still under their actual control so this exchange of land was more of a exclusive right to steal the land from is owners, or in some cases keep them from re-taking it.

Its just too bad for us all Mexico did not lose the war completely and become a full up part of the USA which would have resulted in a far, far better result for everyone.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | April 27, 2010 10:40 AM

Nuzuw , I think we need to do something radical to stop gangs and drugs it's a train wreck in mexico's cities on the us border if we don't do something about it the gangs will bring alot more killing and drugs. I do not see a problem jailing or deporting illegal aliens at what point do we take it easy on illegal. i would be fine with making it easier to come to America with registration and a background search. to be fair this should be the same for cuban immigrants. let go of 400 years ago it's over way over the world changes alot of countries have come to be by similar methods. we have alot of mexicans in my city almost all i meet are fantastic very hard working people all we need to do is verify the person and check for any criminal activity. i had to have a background check a couple of times it's not a big deal

Posted by: southportwave | April 27, 2010 2:52 PM

Perhaps someone should confer with the designer and creator of the universe. He would have all details. Yes?

Posted by: Paul_M_DE | April 27, 2010 9:02 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company