~jet said:BUT, keep in mind that when stars are born, they aren't born singly... and their siblings tend to have similar qualities to them... all traveling in roughly the same direction down the grand circular stream of the galaxy together as they slowly age and disperse. In other words, many of a star's neighbors are going to have a little something in common with it, ours included.
But most of the stars in our neck of the woods aren't G-type stars like our sun, they're M-type "red-dwarf" stars, and red-dwarfs are much less conducive to the development of planets capable of supporting life than "yellow" dwarfs like our Sun. And out of the 50 or so nearest stars only 4 have been found to have planets, and most of those are gaseous.
But even if any of those claims have been substantiated, would that really add proof to the idea that Governments take the idea of alien visitation seriously, or is it more likely that it's all about Governments ensuring the secrecy of their (very human) black projects?Still, there's dozens of books written by researchers of varying levels of repute detailing 1000s of incidents over six decades, spanning back even prior to the time that bug-eyed grey things became a part of popular culture. A google search on the subject produces 300000 pages (most of which I'd suggest are garbage, though.)
Got links to proof about these parrots? I had a quick look around and all I could find was that they're generally considered to have cognitive abilities similar to that of a toddler, which IMO wouldn't make them better at basic maths than "most of our students".Grey parrots outperform many of our students at basic math...
To my knowledge the rough consensus amongst the pros is that alien life would probably develop along fairly similar lines to ours, because the environmental challenges they are likely to face/have faced are probably going to be pretty similar to the ones we have. (As an example of how that kind of thing happens here on Earth, the eyeball has evolved independently numerous times during our planet's history).The whole point being, given the vastness of opportunity just one world has given over to the eventuality of intellect and creativity, another planet's attempts at the same thing resulting in something that is structured 99% like us... I'd call un-possible odds.