Paul Barford wrote:
><There is a general consensus among those who study such things that there
>very probably is intelligent life somewhere else in the universe>
Not among astronomers there isn't. The evidence suggests more and more that
the rise of life on earth is the result of a concatenation of factors for
which no parallel has been found anywhere in the observable universe. This
doesn't rule out the possibility but scientific research to date suggests
that the correct description is "highly improbable".