Looking at Stealthblue's blog about the Universe got me thinking about aliens. Chances that there is life somewhere else in the universe? Pretty high I think.
I was thinking that our existence is really similar to Starcraft. Meaning that the fact that we are here seems cosmically like a fluke accident. This planet had exactly the right chemical composition, distance from the sun, and other sequence of events that led to a chain reaction of other events that eventually created human beings. Blizzard admittedly did not plan for Starcraft to evolve in the way that it did, which is why in my mind Starcraft 2 is such an interesting project. Here Blizzard is trying to manually recreate something that essentially happened by accident. It's like trying to create a human being in a lab (not cloning), it seems almost impossible; and most likely it will be. Will Starcraft 2 be a good game? Yes. Will it be as great a success as Starcraft? Probably not.
Anyways back to aliens. Another thing I was thinking about is this: why is it that science fiction and stuff only considers the possibility of aliens being much more advanced than us? It seems like nobody ever really considers the possibility that we may encounter some aliens that are backwards dumb brutes, if we can ever find any at all.
Here's something that really excites me; with all the recent investigations about the moons of Saturn and Jupiter (Triton, Europa, and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head) that have surfaces of ice... really pumped about this! I was watching something on Discovery the other day about another of Saturn's moons that they actually have found geysers on (forgot the name). Scientists believe strongly that on these various moons there is a high probability that the ingredients for life exist. If there is life it will probably just be a bunch of bacteria/single celled organisms, but it's still really awesome to think about. What's even better is that we will very likely solve these mysteries during my lifetime.
The universe is so vast though that it seems as if the possibility of discovering another intelligent (in terms of human intelligence) life form is slim to none. Just because the distance to another galaxy or whatever is astronomically vast and it would take lifetimes to even get anywhere in the universe. That kinda makes me sad. We'll basically have to civilization/planet hop our way around the universe unless we can invent something like hyperspeed (basically impossible if my knowledge is correct because it is not possible to travel at the speed of light), or actually prove the existence of worm holes and learn how to manipulate them to travel great distances in the blink of an eye.
Anyways, point is... thinking about aliens is pretty intense.