Extraterrestrial Intelligence is More Likely Common than Uncommon
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(this is my first debate on this site, so my apologies if my description does not fully conform to the usual expectations)
Pro will argue that, on balance, the commonality of extraterrestrial intelligence is more likely than not.
Con will argue that, on balance, the rarity of extraterrestrial intelligence is more likely than not.
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R2 Response to R1 arguments
R3 Response to R2 arguments and concluding statements (no new arguments may be introduced this round)
Extraterrestrial: Life forms that do not originate from Earth.
Intelligence is hard to define. I suggest my opponent and I refer to the following definition - "Intelligence is a very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience." (http://www.vetta.org/documents/A-Collection-of-Definitions-of-Intelligence.pdf) However, I accept that my opponent may wish to offer a different interpretation. So long as doing so is germane to our arguments, I think that is fine. In that case, we may have to debate the reasonableness of our competing definitions of intelligence.
“Where is everyone?”
If the chances of life in our timescale is only 2%, complex life is 10%, and intelligent life from that that only 0.1%
As shown,the simplest and least speculative explanation is that it is not teeming with intelligent life